Chicago's fave youth pastor, Phil Jackson (no relation, trust me, I've seen his car), and his upstart hip hop church, the House, were featured on Chicago's Very Own WGN News the other night. Despite the forewarning I got, I missed the episode (probably blogging, but I almost never watch the news anyway). But here's the transcript.
I was at this particular service. They do a similar, sex-themed episode probably once a year. It was brutally honest. And grotesque. They showed pictures of infected genitalia, both male and female. I wonder if they showed those on the tele. It was also the first time my pastor (who also knows Phil) came to one of the services with us. It's a bit telling that he enjoyed himself - he understands crudity for the cause. But it's also telling that The House advertises itself as having explicit content and appropriate only for those 12 & over. We joked, when they first started that, that "All y'all 11 and under, you gotta leave. You're too sensitive. Y'all 12 & over, y'all need to hear this. Y'all freaky. Y'all stayin'."
Plus, they've had at least two concerts with Cross Movement (more than packing out both times) and have given space for newer groups (at first I didn't like the CM-posing that I heard from Holy Culture [i.e., the name], but now they've got their voice. I'm'a buy an album). So, props to all the kids and prayer warriors (I see you, mamas) holding down the fort for Christ and the streets melding in the Church and the prototype at The House.
Holler at a playstation.