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January 07, 2010

on Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift and the church

Aside from my wife and daughters and our worship leaders, there are only 2 women that i enjoyed listening to – Boyle and Swift. Boyle won as 2009 top selling album while Swift’s fearless came in 2nd.

What made Susan Boyle’s album sell more than Taylor Swift’s album. I think Taylor Swift sang the answer:

But she wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts
She’s cheer captain, And I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day when you wake up And find that what you’re looking for has been here the whole time

Susan Boyle might not be flashy, not pretty. She is no Taylor Swift.
but Susan Boyle is authentic, real and is one of us.

Taylor Swift is pretty, flashy (not as flashy as lady gaga) and your american dream. She is definitely not one if us – not a regular. She is above the norm.

It makes me think about church and the people who don’t go to church. Unchurched people are intimidated with church because they feel that they are not welcome. The church is for the Taylor Swift’s in the faith not for the Susan Boyle’s of this world.

It is a challenge that every church planters face as they build God’s church. People are looking for authenticity. The church needs to be authentic. The church has to take back its rightful place in culture by being authentic to the realities and the needs of the culture.

We have the most wonderful story to share to the world. The most authentic Savior – Jesus who Isaiah described as one who has no beauty in his externals but at the same breath majestic in glory. Let’s dream the dream for the church this 2010 – to see more people come to know Jesus.

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