What is the most exciting
book or film you have encountered in the last year? What about it captured your
I just read Frank Schaeffer's Crazy
for God: How I grew up as one of the elect, Helped Found the Religious Right,
and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of it Back. It was a pleasure to read and
helped illuminate a lot about American Evangelicalism, life and beauty.
What in your view is the
greatest challenge facing people of faith today?
The same thing that has always
challenged people of faith: ourselves. As with all the faithful who have
come before us, we wish to create our own Gospel and fashion God in our own
image. Nothing has changed in that respect.
Of all the figures in the
Bible, with whom would you wish to spend a day, and what would you hope to
Mary Magdalene. I would wish to
learn about leadership and generosity from her.
When you were interviewed
for Faith and Leadership, published by the Duke Divinity School, you
talked about people longing for a “tether” for tradition. You, then, took that
one step further and observed that “you have to be really deeply rooted in tradition
in order to innovate with integrity.” In what ways have you seen people
manifest this drawing near, or longing for, traditional Christianity, and in
what forms have you found the innovation that compliments tradition?
The vast majority of people in my
parish have no liturgical or sacramental background; and yet, they find such
deeply rooted traditions comforting. I think they appreciate that the
liturgy has its own integrity. But, the way in which we do liturgy is different.
We are anti-excellence and we are pro-participation. So, most of the liturgy is led by lay people who decide that they would like to say the Collect, or the
Benediction or the post-communion prayer or read the Gospel. No one has
to deem them good enough. This is because we value them doing it, more than we value
having the people who are the best at things doing them.
Regardless of individual
perspective, reviewers of your book, Salvation on the Small Screen? 24
Hours of Christian Television, seem to share some common words – hope, grace, ministry
in the midst, thinking. What words would you like to add to this list?
Anyone who has something to say
about that book is already in an elite class, since I think only about 4 dozen
people have actually read it :)
What question do you wish we
would ask you?
Tell us about your dog.