Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Can you say, "Journalism?"

I have no idea who Martin Bashir is.  I don't know if he is a follower of Christ.  I don't know if he's ever read the Bible.  I don't know if he likes hymns or choruses.  I do know that he's a heck of a journalist.  This is what it should be like:  direct questions that are repeated when sidestepped (this goes for politicians too).  Could've done without the snarky British "isn't it" tags on the ends of a couple of those questions...

I won't do this today, but there is a potency to his questions to Rob Bell.  There is more at stake here than we may see on the surface.  That blog tomorrow.


  1. Wow! I agree, this guy is a fantastic journalist! Either way, Believer or not, he's done a great job of showing the "man made" doctrine Bell is trying to create. "...You're creating a Christian message that's warm, kind and popular...but Biblically unreliable..." Well done Mr. Bashir.

  2. Found out last night that his mother and father are believers, he grew up in a Christian home, however, he is not a believer and has claimed to be agnostic.
    I love the relentlessness of this interview, however, not so sure if I would have liked it if he were interviewing someone who's POV I did agree with like a Louie Giglio or Matt Chandler. Wonder if I'd have the same reaction.....
    But that's just me thinking thoughts.... ;)

  3. And while you might wildly disagree with what Rob believes, don’t demonize the man for believing in a grace that is bigger and more accepting than the one you believe in." MPT -

  4. Hey bradgarman!
    I read your link, and wow, glad I don't have to moderate that blog ;)

    I usually don't do the blog comment on blog thing but just a thought about something in your statement above. You'd be right in saying I "might wildly disagree with what Rob believes" but I'm not sure what you mean by "demonizing" him so I'll leave that be. I would take issue with somehow the grace Rob believes in being "bigger and more accepting than the one (I) believe in". First, I've ZERO interest in getting into a "my grace is bigger than your grace" discussion :)
    That said I can speak for the grace that I believe in. This grace is I believe in is bigger than all my sin (and I sin a LOT) and it's bigger than the sin of everyone else (and I think it's safe to say that's a lot too!). It's a grace beyond measure, infinate!

    I believe in a grace thats a free gift from God... a free gift that costs EVERYTHING!

    It cost Jesus His life. The cost for me comes in the form of a call to give up my life, to die to myself, and to repent of my sin. The grace I believe in can't be any more accepting than it is, as it accepts me right where I am... for a cost.

    The cost associated with the free gift of grace doesn't make it smaller or less accepting. The cost of grace is what makes it infinite and invaluable.

  5. That wasn't my quote, it was Matthew Paul Turner's quote...I was just tossing it into the discussion here.

    ...and I'm a bit concerned that my word verication for this post is "puslent"

  6. Need to retract something!

    In my first comment I made the statement that Martin Bashir "is not a believer and has claimed to be agnostic." This is WRONG! I did sloppy research (sloppy research = getting information from more than one source). I apologize....

    Here is Martin Bashir himself explaining his thoughts on the interview and what He believes about Jesus. This is GREAT stuff from Bashir!