Nadia has a lot of tattoos, including this fairly awesome image of Lazarus. I say this as a person who doesn't generally care for tattoos. And I mention it because my usual response to tattoos is probably not far off from Nadia's gut reaction to being asked to watch Christian TV for 24 hours.
Nadia bravely watched 24 straight hours of "Christian" television, accompanied by friends who took shifts at her side. Having grown up in a more conservative tradition before later becoming part (albeit a non-traditional part) of a mainline denomination, she had concerns about what she might see and hear. She reviews each show and reflects honestly when the theology expressed touches her despite her assumption that would not be likely.
This is a hilarious book full of actual wisdom and sarcasm and humility and trenchant analysis of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. (Unfortunately it is also at my office, so I am unable to provide quotations until I can get there later today.)
Here are a few questions to get us started:
1) What is your experience with Christian television? Has it played a part, positive or negative, in your life or faith development?
2) Have you ever been surprised to learn something about faith or belief from a person whose doctrine or other understandings differed from yours?
3) In the book, Nadia keeps track of the products offered for sale after each show. How do you respond to the merchandising of faith? If you had a TV show, perhaps based on your blog, what might you sell to encourage people to understand God the way you do?
4) And on that note, suppose we had a RevGalBlogPals TV Network. Who might we feature on our 24-hour schedule? No need to limit your imagination to ring members. Who would you like to see on a TV network providing both encouragement and challenge to your faith and ministry? Would there be preaching, discussion, teaching? History? Humor? (Please say yes.)
Be sure to check the sidebar for the books we will be discussing in March and April!