A festival of hirelings and wolves...

WildGoose2011 The Economist reports on the June 23-26 Wild Goose Festival that "explicitly pitched its appeal to artists and musicians, nonconformists, post-Christians, non-Christians, disaffected evangelicals and a liberal evangelical subset known as the 'emergent' church." Held in eastern North Carolina a couple weeks ago, here's the Economist's description...

Instead of Bible studies, there were labyrinth walks. Instead of praise-and-worship music, there was hymn-singing in a beer garden and a bluegrass liturgy presided over by a tattooed female Lutheran minister (Nadia Bolz-Weber). Visitors were greeted with buckets of water in which to baptise themselves, and tubs of mud to remind them that “dust thou art”... Visitors could learn from Tom Prasada-Rao, a singer, how to chant “Om” and “Hallelujah Hare Krishna”, or hear Paul Fromberg, a pastor from San Francisco, talking about his 2005 wedding to another man. “God is changing the church through the bodies of gay men,” Mr Fromberg told a packed session on human sexuality. Also under discussion was “religious multiple belonging”—in other words, belonging to a clutch of different faiths at once.

Several disillusioned evangelical leaders attended. One was Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Bakker of the defunct-Praise-the-Lord-TV-network fame, who gave meandering talks on growing up fundamentalist. Frank Schaeffer, who has made a career out of criticising his evangelical parents Francis and Edith Schaeffer, called the Bible “Bronze-Age mythology” and confessed he had a “conflicted ambivalence” about abortion.

Look at the speaker list and it's apparent Wild Goose leaves Burning Man in the dust. Tony Campolo and his son, Bart. Andrew Webb. The late Mike Yaconelli's son, Mark (I'm so sad to see my friend'a son go in this direction). Jim Wallis. Brian McLaren. Lynne Hybels (she says she "started Willow Creek with her husband, Bill"). Then there's that perpetual train wreck screeching as he piles up on top of himself, Franky Schaeffer. And of course, Nadia Bolz-Weber showing lots of skin. Ed Dobson still trying to do penance for his past. Then there's Anthony Smith who describes himself as "the resident emerging theologian of an Emergent Village cohort... and a co-host of another emergent cohort." You get the picture. Also, for those needing a clue, two other headliners are named Phyliss Tickle and David Dark.

I'm sobered at how many of these speakers I've met, personally. Their roots are Evangelical and now they're apostate and leading our family and friends down the road to Hell. Remember the Apostle Paul's warnings to the Ephesian elders found in Acts 20.

(TB, w/thanks to Kamilla)


Given that Bakker grew up pentacostal, not fundamentalist, it would be certain that any talks he could give about growing up fundamentalist would be meandering. It's hard to coherently tell a story you're apparently making up in significant ways.

And how can Schaeffer simultaneously be Eastern Orthodox and call the Bible "Bronze Age Mythology"? Seems that they're not just apostate, but incoherent, in many ways.

As I was looking at the musicians who will be there, I noticed that a guy named Ric Hordinski is playing, who is the husband of a woman who worked in my high school as the outreach coordinator. I've been in his home recording studio (in high school). Weird. It's sad to me that he's a part of this festival.

Nice little promo here.


I was struck by how many of the speakers/musicians (who are not openly gay to my knowledge) in this promo (and other videos from the event I found) have particularly strong effeminate mannerisms. Which leads me to consider...what is this really about.

It's sad and disheartening and blasphemous, and please forgive me, but Phyllis Tickle made me laugh.

I find the name of this event, "Wild Goose Festival", interesting. Though they meant to reach back to an ancient Celtic icon, what else could they be chasing BUT a wild goose?

I love Jesus, but I can't stand spirituality.

Wickedness all tatted up and made respectable. In the YouTube video Ethan put up, Bakker said that he was glad to be a part of something where he did not fear saying the wrong thing and not getting invited back. I wonder if someone would get invited back if he called the sodomites to repentance, urged an adherence to the faith once for all delivered to the saints and told Phyllis Tickle that she smells bad? I kinda doubt it.

May we laugh at these people? Ought not our response be derision?

al sends

Yes, it is poison. Thanks for posting, Tim.

Notice the raised eyebrows, tilted foreheads, finger to mouth and unnecessary zoom of the profile pics. So deep and nuanced in an I want to look like George Carlin kind of way. Either that or nature must be present while you gaze into the unknown.

A suggested mantra for the event:

Owah Tagu Siam


Thanks Daniel... we need more insight like that or our spiritual village will be solely populated by idiots.

al sends

Is it bad if I thought this was satire from the Holy Observer or Sacred Sandwich until I looked at the Wild Goose [Chase] website?

Jim Wallis - that makes me want to sign up immediately!


I echo your sadness over men who were either strong voices in evangelicalism or where raised under good gospel preaching and teaching; in search of freedom they have fell under bondage. Good point of looking to Acts 20. Well said.

Photo head shots seem very telling in themselves...

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, who is on the list of Wild Goose speakers, also spoke at IV's "Jesus and the end of..." series at IU. No surprise, but unfortunate.

Next summer: ClearNote Pastor's College field trip.

I bet they wouldn't be tolerant of that.

Back in 2006-2008, when we were training as MTW missionaries, we started hearing things from some (not all) that sounded remarkably similar to the words of Brian McLaren and the others seen at this festival. Our trajectory as MTW missionaries was just what you see in the emergent movement. The spirit of it is the same. We were going to Ireland to work in the arts, etc. God had mercy on us and brought us out of it. We were warned by Tim Bayly that the path we were on was wrong. We are very grateful for this and thank him for his obedience and courage. For the past two plus years we've been in Bloomington sitting under the ministry of the Word in the church. Next month I'll begin the third year at ClearNote Pastor's College.

God has given us the ministry of the Word, not art, to preach the truth to men. Be bold, speak the truth to men, warn them of this heresy. That's what Tim did for us and God used him to change our path. We should trust that God will pull others out as well.

ROFL - I get tickled pink reading y'all's comments. It's hard to believe that you're not satire.

Y'all should come join us at Wild Goose 2012 - who knows? You might enjoy it.

"A. Mallard"? Quacking in derision, wanting us to join him at the Wild Goose Festival?


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