The transactional gospel
Apropos our meandering conversation of late about ministry/monestry, Kenny Bishop wonders about the hidden costs of putting a price on Christian music (h/t, CC):
Even back when our group was enjoying great success I’d ask myself from time to time if we were selling something that should be given away. Were the folks who managed our datebook really pimps?
Maybe there was something underneath everything that I wasn’t aware of back then. Maybe our music, our performances and our presence was the product. Maybe it wasn’t the message we were selling after all. If that’s the case I feel relieved. Maybe everyone else understood it but me. Maybe I’m telling on myself for saying I really believed we were offering sacred, eternal things only to people who could afford it.
I hope people don’t fixate on the booking agents as pimps analogy because if you strip away all the meditative hem-hawing, Bishop is really offering a fairly interesting critique of commercial forms of Christian artistic expression and the side effects of a transactional gospel. The whole entry is here.
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