Tuesday, July 19, 2005

American Preaching Idol

Original Productions, creators of such "cultural documentaries" as "Monster Garage," "Monster House" and "Plastic Surgery Before and After," is hoping to add a new reality television show to its line up. "Pulpit Masters" is intended to be the homiletical equivalent of American Idol. Initial auditions were held recently in Dallas, Texas to begin the search for "the next great American preacher." According to the update on their website, the producers are down-right giddy with enthusiasm over their beginning:

"'Pulpit Masters' is officially underway! We're back in the office after our first audition/casting session in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and it could not have gone any better. We were blown away by the number and diversity of people who answered our call to 'show up, sign in and speak out!'" The breadth and scope of inspirational messages they shared was truly overwhelming and we want to thank everyone who participated. For everyone else around the country who is interested in climbing onboard the "Pulpit Masters" train and trying out for the show we ask you to keep visiting the pulpitmasters.com website for updates. We will be heading out to other cities soon for more auditions. Our goal is get as wide a selection of contestants as possible so we will be visiting cities and towns all across this great land. Stay tuned!"

I suppose we should not be surprised that we have come to this. The church has become so much like the world that is only follows that the world should set itself up as the judge of preaching. What is truly tragic is that there will be more than enough contestants--no doubt many of whom will come from various sectors of the evangelical community--to set up all the drama and pseudo-reality that characterizes "reality TV."

How long will it be before experience in "Pulpit Masters" starts showing up on pastors' resumes?

17 comments:

D.R. said...

Now this is something worth boycotting!

GeneMBridges said...

At first, I said, "No way, this can't be for real." Alas, I was proven wrong. I honestly don't have words to express how this makes me feel.

Brett said...

I don't know whether to pray for its success or failure! If it succeeds, maybe it will help wake up the American church as to how low we are stooping. From a selfish point of view, it will give us bloggers ongoing fodder. If it fails, it is one less cause for embarrassment as an American Christian.

Agent Tim said...

When I first saw this I thought "Wow...that's really cool!" Then my second thought was "no, it's not really." Who knows what type of doctrine these "pastors" will be preaching! Either we need to boycott it and infiltrate it with some really good preachers. I'm already liking this blog! Keep up the good work!

Tim

Joshua_Duncan said...

Is anyone else slightly uncomfortable with the fact that "Pulpit Masters" sounds a lot like "Puppet Masters"? Or is it just me?

BroExorcist said...

Just meeting the crew and participants in St. Louis yesterday made it all worthwhile. Try it and feel the pain, or the gain. Who decided this show is for Christians?

Darren said...

What if this were an opportunity to share the Gospel to over 100,000 people. That will most likely be veiwing audience, although a lot will be Christians. I auditioned for one reason. I spent three minutes sharing the Gospel to three producers and five cameraman. I suppose that if chosen as a finalist, I would have the opportunity to share Christ with other finalist who are unbelievers. I hear you comments as caution. I will preach the Gospel wherever I can without dumbing down or comprimises the message. For some us, our only goal is to make God look good and be glorified.

Kabin Thomas said...

Hi Folks,
I auditioned for Pulpit Masters because I believe in the power and spirituality of music and wanted to share that belief with millions of people, not just hundreds like I do at the University of Arkansas. I believe that Pulpit Masters is more than just preaching the Gospel. It is also about preaching your believe system....what you hang your hat on. ...how you get by from day to day. According to the description of the show's intent at the PM website, Pulpit Masters is not just for Christians. (I surely hope that's not all we are going to see.) I believe this is a show about spirituality and inspiration and the need for spirituality and inspiration in a person's life. Folks, I don't think PM is a good idea, I believe Pulpit Masters is an absolutely FANTASTIC idea. Any TV show that has the potential to accentuate the beautiful and the positive should be allowed to thrive and flourish in today's negative, "End Times" environment. Let's hope Pulpit Masters brings hope and amazement and inspiration to those who watch it. I hope that Pulpit Masters allows us to be not conformed but transformed. I sure hope so! Take Care, k-

Michelle Richee said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Darren Sapp's comments.

I auditioned for the same reason -- to have the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost with a potential mega audience. If I would be selected, Jesus would be lifted up, magnified and exhalted. I honestly believe lives will be transformed, people would come to Christ and accept Him as Lord and -- Jesus would be glorified. I, too will preach the Good News that Jesus saves, heals and delivers wherever the door is opened. Jesus said, “Go” and that’s what we are to do. When I concluded my audition, the producer was in a state of awe, which was a good sign that God had already begun a great work.

Michelle Richee said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Darren Sapp's comments.

I auditioned for the same reason -- to have the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost with a potential mega audience. If I would be selected, Jesus would be lifted up, magnified and exhalted. I honestly believe lives will be transformed, people would come to Christ and accept Him as Lord and -- Jesus would be glorified. I, too will preach the Good News that Jesus saves, heals and delivers wherever the door is opened. Jesus said, “Go” and that’s what we are to do. When I concluded my audition, the producer was in a state of awe, which was a good sign that God had already begun a great work.

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seminarian_me said...

yeah... I suspect that some of you auditioners felt good about witnessing for God. And that's a good thing. I think that caution should be taken care... This is reality TV and reality TV wants drama so that they get ratings. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:10). So... I don't know whether it's a good or bad thing. Somehow - I don't think the John the baptist "none other greater born to women" (Matt 11:11) would have tried out for such a platform... Peace to all..

Betty J. Thames-Jackson said...

The Silent Screems of a Minister's Daughter, needs you to say what i saw, from the inside, that need to be exposed to the out side. In order to kill the old seed, the light that digs into the deep will expose and kill and free the Church of the old patterns that is not working anymore. Not that is worked then, but at lease many will be freed, like i was. It freed me from insain, born into this world, to sain, born again, of a new mind. 11 Timothy 2:15 it works. My mouth is open, speak Lord.

Jason Dawson said...

This is so sad, but believable considering the state of the visible church.

Betty J. Thames-Jackson said...

This is the greatest idea if have ever heard, as far as the many ways God speaks thru each of us. Please, what ever you do make this happen. My name is Betty J. Thames-Jackson, and i was one of the Preachers. My topic was the "THE SILENT SCREEMS OF A MINISTER's DAUGHTER! HELLO, ELIZEBETH1

Betty J. Thames-Jackson said...

please let me know when you are going to air this great idea. It is long over-due, to let God out of the Box, man has put Him in because of lack of understanding. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, let this air in as many ways possible to get the message to as many different people, because of many different people did it. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,

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