"Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom?" –Marvin Martian

The CEC pops up in a lot of places still. I’m happy that one of Michael’s major pieces keeps showing up, especially this one. I have no idea what’s happening with Evangelicalism anymore in terms of where its headed (although leadership seems to be the buzzword to end all buzzwords these days), but Michael’s words keep ringing with truth.

And since Rod brought it up, Jeff’s piece about The Scandal Of Shepherdless Flocks is fitting for the Internet Monk site. If you’ve been an infrequent reader in the recent past, this one hits a homerun:

The great scandal facing the Western church today is the desertion of sheep by shepherds who would rather be hip and cool CEOs. The largest church in Tulsa—where I live—is led by a man who openly advertises that he never—and I mean never—meets with those in the congregation. Oh, he has built a very successful business. There is a youth building with lots of video games and a concession stand. There is a thriving Christian school. They have a western-themed camp and a train you can ride at Christmas time. This church leader oversees a very successful enterprise.

Jason: Thanks for the link to that debate. I’ve yet to listen, although I’m converting it to MP3 for when the snow comes this weekend.

As for Challies and SGM, yikes. I’m all for making sure we don’t get out the pitchforks and hot oil prematurely, but that 1st Amendment defense isn’t making it any easier. Those are some famous last words there.