Christ Community Church, a “Progressive” “Christian” “Church” (…yes, each word is individually in quotes – on purpose) discusses Eckhart Tolle’s insipid intellectual offerings book(s).

This is an extremely liberal “church” that is somewhat large and influential in the Spring Lake/Grand Haven areas, which last year for Easter celebrated the “coming of the Cosmic Christ,” loves “Bishop” Spong, and hosts meditations on…eastern meditation.

And other such stuff.

Again – as a pastor, it simultaneously breaks my heart, drives me up a wall, and completely mystifies me that so many in this area just can’t get enough of this kind of [insert Mark Driscoll colorful language here], and that this “church” is so well attended and so influential.

But, when you lose your taste for the pure, unmediated Word…

It struck me today, as I was reviewing C3’s “statement of core values” again, what it sounded like.  I quote it here:

Christ Community Church’s core values

Pursuing Relevant Religion — We value the progressive religious journey.
Pursuing Justice — We seek to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Pursuing Sustainability — We seek a future in harmony with the earth.
Pursuing Wellness — We value holistic health.
Celebrating Gender — We value the masculine and feminine expression in all.
Celebrating Sexuality — We are an open and affirming community.
Celebrating Inquiry
— We encourage independent thinking.
Celebrating Creativity
— We value the arts.
Celebrating Interfaith — We celebrate universal truths.
Celebrating Community — We value community.

…sound familiar…?

…like, for instance, someone that had A Generous Orthodoxy and thought Everything Must Change because of the Secret Message of Jesus might wholeheartedly embrace with enthusiasm and verve?

I’m just sayin’ is all…