Lies Wheaties believe...

See what just entered my e-mail inbox. It's Wheaton College pleading for even more money. They say their president, Phil Ryken, is convinced Wheaton is "positioned to serve as an increasingly vital base of operations for the global dissemination of the Gospel."

Yes, yes; of course. Everywhere I look, one more sign of Wheaton's service as an increasingly vital base of operations for the global dissemination of the Gospel smacks me in the face. Like this alumnus, Rob Bell. Surely we all see how the degree Bell bought from Wheaton's profs is the foundation of his creation of an increasingly vital base of operations for the global dissemination of the Gospel? If I were Dick Chase or Duane Litfin, I'd be thumping my chest in pride.

Ryken's hucksterism reminds me of Richard Lovelace returning to campus from an invitation-only meeting of PC(USA) liberal and conservative muckety-mucks back in 1982 or so...

Breathlessly he told the five or six of us taking his Jonathan Edward's class that he saw undeniable signs of Spirit renewal and revival among all the liberals he'd just been hobnobbing with.

It's amazing how the work I do always seems to me to be building an increasingly vital base of operations for the global dissemination of the Gospel. You see it, right? So send me money! NOW!

Comments

Lofty slogans are the stuff of today's Christian college. Mine is "...equips people to engage the culture and change the world." I have often thought that changing the world is a huge responsibility to take on as a young person.

I just read the Wheaton email to which you refer: how can you possibly describe this as "demanding" money? Second, on what basis do you impugn Ryken's integrity by accusing him of "hucksterism?" I've never been to Wheaton and have no affiliation with Wheaton whatsoever. I was just disappointed to read an attack like this on a site associated with some people and organizations for whom I have a lot of respect.

>>how can you possibly describe this as "demanding" money?

You're right, I changed it.

>>on what basis do you impugn Ryken's integrity by accusing him of "hucksterism?"

The dictionary defines a huckster as "One who uses aggressive, showy, and sometimes devious methods to promote or sell a product." These words of Ryken's are hucksterism, plain and simple, and respect for Ryken is best demonstrated by acknowledging that this ad copy is hucksterism and is wrong.

Love,

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