Last night I watched One Punk Under God (hooray for Comcast On Demand), and I really like Jay. I didn’t always. Once, a couple of years ago, he was a speaker at the National Youth Workers Convention, in the evening slot, and I was hosting a late night deal. He went long–really long–and that meant I had to start late and stay up later. I was pissed.
What’s funny is that, on the first episode of the show, his wife talks about a speaking gig where he went way over his time, and she was in the front row making the finger-across-the-throat sign. I’m about 90% sure that was the YS convention.
I’ve never met Jay, but I’ve heard he’s a good guy. The show portrays his as really gentle, a bit insecure, and totally likeable. His wife feels about pastoral ministry about how mine does. And he is totally overshadowed by his Dad, the fallen televangelist (although I know how documentarians can shape things to look a certain way).
In any case, I think the show is good, and I think Jay is a good guy. I hope to meet him.