From an article on a Seattle pastor, who reconciles "Calvinism" (a doctrine that preaches that nothing we do on earth matters for our salvation, which is predetermined) with, uh, some stuff done on earth (wearing a skull t-shirt!!).
That there will always be some WILDLY uncool "cool" Christian dude ("Hey guys do you like PEARL JAM?") with facial hair is such a given, it doesn't require any commentary. So, when you are reading this Times article, prepare for some surprises as you try to stomach the suggestion that THESE things are "edgy":
- "a black skateboarder's jacket and skull T-shirt"
- " 'the cussing pastor' "
- "fashionably distressed jeans and taste for indie rock"
- "his taste for vintage baseball caps"
- "members say their favorite movie isn't "Amazing Grace" or "The Chronicles of Narnia" — it's "Fight Club." "
- "The front desk, black and slick, looked as if it ought to offer lattes rather than Bibles and membership pamphlets."
- "retro T-shirts and [...] intimidating facial hair"
- "the worship band was warming up for an hour of hymns with Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." "
Here is the most embarrassing thing you'll hear someone say this week, but it's even more embarrassing printed in an article about how tough and renegade the speaker is:
'He came to admire Martin Luther, the vulgar, beer-swilling theological rebel who sparked the Reformation. "I found him to be something of a mentor," Driscoll says. "I didn't have all the baggage he did. But you can see him with a quill in one hand and a drink in the other. He married a brewer and renegade nun. His story is kind of indie rock."'
Yikes! This Martin Luther guy is even cooler than Joey Lawrence!