josh Harris 

(Wow nothing on this instance about Josh Harris yet)

josh Harris 

@joeld I'm still figuring out my thoughts about it... beyond just "wow!" and wondering if he's just setting fire to one platform to build another for $$$

josh Harris 

@squintygerg yeah, sounds like a lot of people are having the same thought. I would understand if he did write another book…being in some sense a “thought leader” is his trade after all. You could argue that Michael Gungor did the same thing. But I feel it would help if JH waited several years first. And if my experience is any guide, the last thing you feel like doing while genuinely deconstructing is promoting yourself as an authority on anything.

josh Harris 

@joeld @squintygerg yeah, none of it feels/seems genuine at all. But I’m really cynical when it comes to those YRR/MegaChurch guys.

josh Harris 

@danielmrose @squintygerg so I’m (genuinely) curious, is Mike Gungor different in your opinion? Or do you feel cynical in some degree about him as well? If not, what’s the differentiator that I’m missing? (And to be frank I have given this an extremely low amount of thought)

josh Harris 

@joeld @squintygerg I think Mike is different because (1) I had no idea who he was prior to listening to the podcast and (2) he “feels” genuine.

I don’t really know how else to put it.

I am sure my prejudices and biases are very much at play here. I hope Harris is being genuine. But, the social media savvy roll out doesn’t feel the same as say, Derek Webb’s to me.

josh Harris 

@danielmrose @squintygerg I mean, the “savvy roll out” started by him saying he and his wife are separating, & ended with him saying “thanks for respecting our privacy.” Then after a week and a half of taking heat for it he came out and said basically “look, I may as well say it, I’m not a Christian anymore.” It didn't seem to me like a roll out, it was like any of a dozen haphazard deconstruction events I see happening in this group, just on an unavoidably bigger scale.

josh Harris 

@joeld @squintygerg I guess the first thing I saw was the pensive Insta picture thing about no longer being a Christian.

Like I said, this is probably more about me than anything else. The YRR/Mega movement and its leaders I find to be inauthentic.

Trying to look at it without the lens, your perspective is fair and gracious. I just have a hard time removing the lens.

josh Harris 

@danielmrose @joeld For me, I guess it is that all seems to have happened so quickly... not so much "deconstruction" as destruction. A wider perspective may change that but it just seems he went from inclusiveness to "not Christian" very fast... probably the result of a tightly woven theology that cannot hold once some fundmental "truths" are challenged. What I'm really curious about are who his companions on this journey have been.

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