The weblog of Darren Friesen

Friday, February 02, 2007

This is worth your time

Through my sister in law I came across this interview. I don't know if it actually aired, but it is least for me. Drew Marshall is a radio host from Toronto with, as he says, the most listened-to christian radio show in Canada. These clips are an interview with Drew on "100 Huntley Street", a popular Canadian evangelical TV show. I had never heard of him before today, but we are becoming friends. Here's the link to his site


Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

This is great stuff. I get the sense that the hosts were liking this kind of honesty. Probably becausae it was so atypical. I've watched it before just to see if the Christian world ever changes it's tune. Nope. This is fresh air.
I also love the link to his sight. A 53 minute interview with Bruce Cockburn. Can't get any better than that.
Good post Darren. Godd to have you back, even if briefly.

3:16 PM

Blogger Adam said...

clash of cultures.

10:32 AM

Anonymous Brian Mullins said...

I had never heard of Drew Marshall before this interview, but like you, I have new best buddy. I'm listening to his program right now!

3:20 PM

Blogger Nathan D.F. said...

Well, now Im addicted to Drew Marshall interviews...Especially the Tony Campolo and Donald Miller ones. Also the interview he interviews the High Priest of the Wiccan Church is really interesting.

Sometimes his resentment towards mainstream christianity is a little overbearing, even for me, but at least he's pushing the envelope.

11:24 PM

Anonymous Jeff said...

Honestly, while I think Drew had some valid critiques of "churchianity", he came across as a total dick. I know we all need to "live out of our brokenness", but that still doesn't give us the right to slam people and then hide behind the "sorry, I'm just a broken person" defence. There is such a thing as basic decency (or is that an outdated modern construct?).

It seems obvious that Drew was looking to "pick a fight" so to speak (in order to gain publicity for his show), but if guys like this are the front-line faces of postmodern/emergent/whatever-is-next, then I'm pretty bummed already.

We've traded in the plastic, insincere, superhuman televangelist for the caustic, dysfunctional, abrasive, emotonally stunted pomo "leader".

Without his jabs I think this would have ranked as the best video of all time--he didn't need to "go there" to effectively critique and clash with modern Christian expressions.

It felt a bit too close to the guy in debate class who needs to resort to the "yeah...we'll you're retarded!" line to generate laughs and "street cred".

4:38 PM

Blogger Darren said...

Hey jeff - Thanks for your words and opinions. I think I would mostly disagree with you. I do agree that we need good leaders and not wannabes in the church, but I don't think Drew was trying to do that. I don't think he would call himself a leader. He does have a relationship with the hosts of the show, and although he maybe hammed it up a bit, there was a lot of humour in what he said too. It seemed to me that he was just trying to get a point across. The reactions of the hosts told more of the story, I thought. Drew doesn't seem to take himself too seroiusly, and if you listen to his radio show (I don't know if you have or not), you'll see that he has a lot of fun, and has good respect for all "types" of Christians, whether they would fall into the "emerging church" camp or not.

9:23 PM


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