- D.A. Carson
Please do not bother with the facts.
Okay, stuff like this really irks me.
First you have a blogger linking a Lutheran church's hosting of a "clown-led service," which is frankly one of the dumbest things I have ever heard of and deserves to be laughed at and derided until the clown cars come home, and then connecting said "church" to Willow Creek. Why? Because the church is a member of the Willow Creek Association.
Do you know what it takes to be a part of the Willow Creek Asssociation? Paying dues.
The Association is not a denomination or church oversight organization. It's a resource center, basically. Churches pay to be members and then they receive newsletters and discounts on books, Bible study guides, other resources, and conference registration fees. It's like joining a book club or something.
There are probably more than a few valid criticisms one can make of Willow Creek. But this sort of sloppy guilt-by-association mudslinging is silly. It is just a way to make a jab at Willow Creek. Which is dumb since the existence of a clown worship service is worthy of a ten-round session of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out all by itself.
And it only takes eight comments before someone writes, "Clown led worship from the apostates at Willow Creek, somehow I am not surprised."
Except there are no clown services at Willow Creek. That's just what the blogger wants you to think, and sure enough, people were glad to accept the insinuation as actual information. In the world of straight talk, we call this "Lying."
The post is even titled "Clown-led Worship Courtesy of Willow Creek Association." Except the WCA has no control over what individual churches do. They can't patrol every church or dictate to every church how not to be ridiculous. There's no way for the WCA to even know what every one of the hundreds of association member churches are doing week to week. Thinking they should is ridiculous itself.
And in the latest comment, out of nowhere, someone takes a swipe at Dan Edelen.
It's a free-for-all!
This is what passes for good Christian discourse in "serious" circles these days, where terrible logic passes for discernment and imaginative word-association passes for actual, nefarious collusion. (Beth Moore's an apostate because she may or may not read a guy who may or may not be into contemplative prayer which may or may not be sorta kinda like Buddhism if you squint real hard!)
Here's a real brainburner for the "I feel led of the Lord" discerners. The Thinklings are _______ (insert your preferred negative adjective in the blank -- fan favorites include "worldly" and "useless"). I read Dallas Willard, btw. And Quaid, besides watching cable TV which is of the devil, reads Donald Miller who is of the emerging church antichrist.
Now wrap your mind around the fact that we're still on the Pyromaniacs blogroll.
If clown church is to Willow Creek Association as Thinklings is to Pyromaniacs . . . Ack! The earth trembles.