I watched Kevin Newman's "Hip 2b Holy" on Global TV last night. After watching the 60 minute documentary I wondered, "what was the point?" For me there didn't seem to be a compelling reason for the presentation, certainly not one that lived up to the hype of the title.
For the most part Newman and his team interact with two main characters, Nathan Gerber (shout out to uncle Ted) and Carey Nieuwhof who become the "faces" for the scores of diverse examples of young Canadian evangelical expression. Both Nathan and Carey represented themselves very well. I appreciated their candor and I was intrigued to see Nathan "bust some moves" (not so young Canadian evangelical said that). But I got the sense that in both cases it was more about "the personality" than the representation of young Canadian evangelicals per se.
I was left wondering
How stoked is Connexus from all the free marketing it received last night? How many website hits today? Life 100.3 must be their new "best friend" this morning!
What was the real story? Where was the journalism? I appreciated that Global did not create a story but I am still trying to piece together from the presentation what the story is. I suppose it is that there are young people rediscovering faith and expressing it in unique ways. But is that it? What about the other story, of young Canadian evangelicals walking away from their faith in their early twenties?
Why when making a point about a desire among Canadian evangelicals to work together in representing their points of view was there no reference to the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada?
Today I also celebrate . . . the gospel of Jesus Christ and its presentation in various expressions.