Darryl Dash on the mortal sin of pastoral unhipness:
I attended a conference this week - more on that in a few weeks. One of the speakers was Earl Creps, author and pastor. Creps led the conference in a liturgy of confession: "I am not cool. I don't get it. I'm not relevant."
Confession is good for the soul. I looked around the room and had to admit that it's true. I didn't see too many cool or relevant people. I'm certainly not one of them.
It's tempting to want to fix this. I get a magazine for pastors - I won't mention names but it's probably not the one you're thinking of - that is all about chasing what's cool and relevant. We scour magazines and books and attend conferences in pursuit of the cool factor. It doesn't work. People trying to be cool just aren't cool.
There's another group of people I find myself increasingly drawn towards. They don't even try to be cool, and they're not. The trends they follow are centuries old. They read old stuff by dead guys and talk about concepts from dusty theology books. The funny thing is that they end up being more relevant than the next new thing.
What we need are more "cool" ministers (like me!*) saying this same stuff. Otherwise it just sounds like uncool people pleading for the irrelevance of coolness. I mean, I think those people are cool, but if the popularly appraised cool people also pleaded for the irrelevance of coolness, this whole vain pursuit of coolness might just cool down. Cool?
(HT: Transforming Sermons)
It is Easier For a Camel to Go Through the Eye of a Needle Than for a Cool Man to Enter Heaven
A Gospel Rant
* Just kidding!