Friday, February 25, 2005

repackaging Jesus

Back before Christmas, I got interviewed for a national magazine as part of an article on “re-packaging Jesus.” Just noticed the article is now up on the web.

Some of my favourite quotes:
So, if you’re expecting what Rev Dr Steve Taylor at Opawa Baptist Church in Christchurch calls “a Mr Bean experience” – a mumbled sermon and badly sung ancient hymns, with people dozing off around you – think again.

Back at Opawa, Taylor says that each church has to be like a DJ, sampling from a range of texts and traditions – the Bible, culture, ancient rituals. Whatever it takes to get people dancing. Different cultures, generations and churches will come up with different rhythms and God’s big enough for that. “When you mix these tracks together, new mixes emerge, new sounds.”

Posted by steve at 06:24 PM


  1. Thanks for providing that link, its difficult when you are overseas to keep up with things like that going on at home, so I appreciate that. Speaking of which, has the article you mentioned a while back about the foreshore issue been published yet?

    I thought your comments were pretty good. I also liked how the journalist spoke to a whole range of different pastors and ministers, it provided quite an interesting picture.

    Comment by Bronwen — February 26, 2005 @ 5:23 am

  2. I am not sure exactly what this site is, but does it have any relation to Steve Taylor the Christian musician?

    Comment by Em — February 26, 2005 @ 6:44 am

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