Aug 112010

Criner scores, not Cornell

I played on team Tater Tots, and it was definitely Will Criner that scored against Burbonic Plague, not Chris Cornell. Just wanted to note that.

Great article!

Zach W

“Mall of God” ongoing

In Jake Caldwell’s response (July 28) to Andrew Battista’s cover story of July 14, Mr. Caldwell makes a distinction between Lexington’s “royal narrative” and the “narrative of God’s reign.” While this distinction is useful for his purposes, it’s essentially empty, as are two other distinctions Mr. Caldwell makes in his response, between “Lexington’s ruling elite” and whatever class Mr. Caldwell purports to represent, and between “mainline liberal Protestant churches” and “evangelical mega churches.” Continue reading »

Jul 282010

A response to “Mall of God”

By Jake Caldwell

I am writing in response to the recent article in North of Center, “Mall of God.” I first want to tell you how much I have appreciated the work that you and your volunteer staff have poured into North of Center. I believe it is a much needed service to the Lexington community and the articles have been consistently well written and critically incisive.

Before I offer my response to “Mall of God,” however, a disclosure of my self-interests is in order. I am a minister on the staff of Central Christian Church, the congregation that Andrew Battista criticizes for acquiring property from the Windstream Corporation at below market value. Like almost all of the ministers I know, my work routinely positions me to see the shortcomings of my own congregation, which is to say that I do not, as a minister, labor under any pretensions about the church being above or immune from criticism. And like most ministers I know in mainline Protestant traditions, I agree whole heartedly with the issues Andrew raises with the way mega church strategy and polity parrots consumer trends. Continue reading »