Rodney Trotter
A student sent this link to me, for a so-called U2charist at a local church, where the purpose is to spread the gospel/U2 vision for reconciliation and peace.  It reminded me very much of the much-missed earthwindandfirecharists of the late 70s, where the agenda was to bring the message to a hurting world that we just needed to blame it on the boogie, and the even better pinkfloydcharists of the 80s where, chafing under the authority of Mrs Thatcher, we all sat around and got depressed.

It raises an interesting question: when will we understand that orthodox, biblical Christianity is actual doomed by its very nature to be an intellectual and cultural embarrassment (1 Cor 1 and 2) and embrace our cringe-inducing identity without compromise?   Like middle aged men with paunches, Coldplay teeshirts, reversed baseball caps, and conversation littered with references to `the latest cool bands,' trendy Christianity is not only an oxymoron, it's a real embarrassment as well -- even for those of us who profess to be Christians.