Donald Miller on being above it all...

(Tim) Donald Miller, author of Blue something or other, gave a benediction in Jesus' Name at the national meeting of the kill-millions-of-little-babies-and-bless-sodomy Democratic Party. Being cool and oh-so-non-authoritative, he's gone over well with Christians who hate discernment, so he's gotten rich and famous. After the Democratic party in Denver where he committed Balaam-like blasphemy, he started a new blog on which his first post was the complete e-mail exchange he and Senator Obama had the past couple of months.

Miller ends his first post with...

this statement:

So this is the new blog. I’ll try to keep it light and funny, because I’m not big on controversy. I think most of it is hype, to be honest. But if you want to chime in, I’ve finally got a way for you to leave comments.

Poor Apostle Paul, don't you think? He warned "day and night, with tears," but it was mostly hype. John Knox and John Calvin and Martin Luther too, no doubt. And of course, foolish John the Baptist who lost his head when he stuck his imbecilic nose into the civil authority's personal affairs in a very uncivil way.

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I can't stand that guy. Don't know him personally but I started going to the church he's from when I first became a Christian. It's a "socially conscious" church. Some okay people there but I am glad I got my act together since then and found a politically incorrect church.

Talk about one foot on the boat and one foot on the dock, can't have it both ways, pal. Anyway I think his foot has long since slipped off the dock, if it ever was even there.

What I hate about that guy's book is that it's looked at by "uber hip" Christians as being AUTHENTIC, and REAL, and RELEVANT. There's this idea in cool artsy Christianity today that saying things like "we're not big on controversy" and other things of a similar strand are marks of being "real" people. Today we are pointed to books like those as stories of real faith, real pilgrimages of the Christian life, and people now frown upon stories of people living obedient, sacrificial lives, where the characters are not engrossed with themselves, but with God's glory. It's like those are just so not cool, they aren't REAL, they aren't AUTHENTIC. They're legalistic, lacking in love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, etc etc. The fact that Miller's book been on our book table at church before kind of drives me nuts.

(Sorry to go on a tangent only slightly related to the post).

A tangent my foot! You go, uh -- woman!

I was troubled by BLJ, and I had a hard time explaining why. I think it is because there is such a tortured faith in that book. There are lots of books that have the same themes, like those of Lauren Winner.

Most of my circle of friends worship at the foot of BLJ, and they would roll their eyes at me if I were to suggest that the book is flawed.

I don't know if you noticed, but the e-mails from Obama are clearly designed to be sent to large amounts of people, and I doubt that he personally wrote those to Donald Miller. Donald Miller was then trying to be funny in his responses... key word trying.

Denver Todd,

The only book I've read by Lauren Winner is her book about chastity/real truth about sex. I forget the title; I've lent it to a friend. I found it to be a really good book. What in it, or in other books of hers are suspect? (I'm not doubting you at all; I'm just wondering if I haven't been as discerning as I should be!)

Jane: I am going by memory, as I haven't read any of those books lately, so forgive me if I am wrong on these things. But I do remember getting the same feeling from Winner that I got from Miller, that if you add tortured faith to any subject, the book will sell.

Oh, let's not forget to add Anne Lamott to the list. Victim christianity at its finest....

Liz,

Ah yes, hers are even WORSE than Millers, I think!

Someone I know once said to me, "Yeah, she's got a lot of things wrong, but I really love her honesty and frank way of saying things, it's so real and authentic." I'm still unsure how I prevented myself from literally exploding right then and there.

you know, I am all for honesty and transparancy, but I think some of these people have made it into an idol. I never got the appeal of Anne Lamott. It seems like most of the people who like her have been really mistreated by a church and are really angry and bitter and she just enables them to keep right on being angry.

you know, I am all for honesty and transparancy, but I think some of these people have made it into an idol. I never got the appeal of Anne Lamott. It seems like most of the people who like her have been really mistreated by a church and are really angry and bitter and she just enables them to keep right on being angry.

I'm curious to know what some of you mean by "tortured faith." Would anyone care to explain this to me?

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