Audio Ur: Paul Metzger on Profits and Prophets
What happens when a movement becomes a monument?

In the Fall issue of Leadership journal, you'll find David Swanson's review of Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church, by Paul Louis Metzger. Metzger, a professor of Christian theology and theology of culture at Multnomah Bibllical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, also agreed to speak with David about his book. Today you'll hear a brief portion of their conversation. There will be more to come in the future.

In this installment, Metzger talks about the temptation every movement and ministry effort faces–the urge to turn a vibrant move of the Spirit into a cumbersome institution. He suggests that it's not the institution that's the problem, but rather the priority we place on it. We'll look forward to your reflections at the end.

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November 05, 2008

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November 11, 2008  11:08pm

GOd bless you for the good work that you are doing to equip the body of Christ

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November 11, 2008  6:44pm

I definitely recommend that people check this interview out, and look further at Dr. Metzger's recent work, Consuming Jesus. The kind of work that he is seeking to engage in and foster in the evangelical community is extremely crucial for all of us who care about seeing the church become more authentically itself and engage more rigorously with the challenges of today's incredibly complex world of culture.

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brian hofmeister

November 11, 2008  2:15pm

Great sound bite. I do think the business end of things can easily compromise the mission. Without adequate structures and finances however, the mission might not have what it needs to move forward. It's easy to tell a car that moving forward is all that matters, but someone has to put an engine it.

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