Cornerstone Folds, Wild Goose Soars

An afternoon of Beer 'N' Hymns rocks the Beer Tent at the Wild Goose Festival at Shakori Hills in North Carolina June 24, 2011. Credit: RNS photo by Courtney Perry

Greg Horton of the Religion News Service looks for a shift in the wind with the demise of Cornerstone, the venerable music festival put on the by Jesus People (USA) and the birth of Wild Goose, where many of my friends are gathered this weekend:

(RNS) Demon Hunter. Vengeance Rising. Payable on Death.

Since 1984, these and other Christian heavy metal bands have been congregating every summer in a field near Chicago for the Cornerstone Festival. And for much of the 1980s and 1990s, it was the place for Christian thrash metal, death metal, or any other metal bands to generate a following.

Cornerstone provided the venue — and for several years, as many as 20,000 fans — to help these bands gain traction in a faith community more often associated with pop praise music.

Financial troubles will make this summer’s July 2-7 gathering the last for the venerable festival, the oldest Christian music and arts festival in the U.S. Only Greenbelt, the British festival from which Cornerstone emerged, has been around longer.

Yet as Cornerstone says goodbye, a young upstart festival is doubling its size in only its second year.

The Wild Goose Festival also owes its origins to Greenbelt, but the ethos and theology are radically different than Cornerstone’s. The first Wild Goose met at Shakori Hills, N.C., a 72-acre wilderness and campground 20 minutes from Chapel Hill.

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Wild Goose Festival: Welcome to Patheos

The Wild Goose Festival, of which I am a proud part, has joined the Patheos family (they’ve been a part for a while, actually, but the stream is just heating up).  Today, they’ve got an excerpt up of my latest book — which, I’ll remind you, is priced at only $2.99, but for this week only!

Check it out.

Theology Is Sexy

Travis Reed, impressario of all things video at Work of the People, caught up with Anthony Smith and me (and a brief cameo from Courtney) at the Wild Goose Festival.  As an added bonus, Reverend Vince Anderson can be hear crooning in the background (Travis caught us on our way to hear Vince and Pete Rollins co-conspire.)

The video is below the fold, and there are lots of other great, spontaneous videos from the festival at TWOTP’s Alter Video Magazine.

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And the Moral of the Article Is…

In today’s New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer has a story about an evangelical couple who, in their early 20s, wrote a book advocating natural family planning (that’s a euphemism for abstaining from intercourse, or pulling out early, when the woman is ovulating — or simply having a bunch of kids).

Now, a few years later, the couple is divorced with shared custody.  They’ve left evangelicalism — they each attend prog-liberal churches — and they have publicly repudiated their book.  They’ve asked Eerdmans to take it out of print (oddly, the article notes that it will never be available as a Kindle book, but it already is).

It’s a short article, so there’s not much nuance.  But the moral of the story seems to be: Christians in their 20s shouldn’t write books.  (At least not books that advocate theological or moral positions — if you wanna write a book about, say, how to get better gas mileage, I guess that’d be okay.)

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