This American Life tackles an interesting theme this week: church planting.
A group of evangelical Christians apply the lessons of Silicon Valley to building new churches. Will it work? https://t.co/gX4hDrcEiS
— This American Life (@ThisAmerLife) July 16, 2018
In the first act of the story, reporter Eric Mennel—who hosts the podcast Start Up which is following the creation of a new church—tells the story of pastor Watson Jones, who is working on planting a church himself. It’s a fascinating look at Jones’ work.
— StartUp (@podcaststartup) July 16, 2018
Last night I got in the car and I heard my voice on the Chicago’s local @NPR affiliate station @WBEZ. My story of planting a church is being featured on @ThisAmerLife. Thanks @EricMennel and @podcaststartup https://t.co/e6HfkYLQUG
— Watson Jones III (@WatsonJones3) July 14, 2018
The prolog to the episode features quotes from Redeemer Presbyterian Church pastor Tim Keller, who they refer to as the “Yoda of church planting.”
— City to City (@RedeemerCTC) July 16, 2018
Back in 2017, This American Life’s Ira Glass explained to RELEVANT why the show frequently tells stories from the Church that feature real Christians:
I feel like among a lot of the secular press, the word ‘Christian’ is kind of a weird word. Whereas I feel like all the Christians I know are really wonderful, and it seems like a really great thing to be. In the media, it just seemed like whenever there was a Christian character, it was like the most doctrinaire, stiff-necked, doesn’t-listen-to-anybody, kind of corny version of an intolerant person. And y Christian I knew was exactly the opposite that: great listeners, super concerned about people, utterly compassionate.
You can listen to the show here.