I’ve been listing to Jonathan Acuff’s Stuff Christians Like. Although it can get a bit goofy in places, the satirical look at evangelical life can get quite fun as well (in that awkward “Oh, I do that all the time and now that you’ve pointed it out to me I feel kind of stupid about it and hope that no one realizes that I do that too” kind of way). One of the fun things about listening to the audio book is that he routinely inserts comments into the book that give you little more background about the stories that he was telling.
In one story, he comments on how he felt the first time that his wife pulled out her knitting in church. Apparently he missed the transition that made knitting retro-chic and perfectly appropriate to do in the right kinds of hip churches. Commenting “off the record” he says,
We go to a very kind of cool, hip church. And my wife pulled out knitting one day, and my first thought was, “They’re going to make us go to ugly church.”
That’s fabulous. I think “ugly church” perfectly captures the way many of those in young, hip churches often think about people who attend smaller, more traditional churches. Granted, they’d never think this out loud. They’d think it quietly enough that even they don’t hear themselves thinking it. But it’s there.