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'GQ' Writer Touched by Pastor's Sincerity

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a writer and a non-practicing Jew, wrote a lengthy article for GQ magazine about Pastor Carl Lentz from Hillsong Church in New York City. As if still surprised by her encounter with a Christian pastor she actually liked, she wrote:

And here I have to say out loud how much I like Carl … I like him even though he is ideologically opposed to things that are important to me … He is so worried for my soul, and this should annoy me, but instead it touches me, because maybe I'm worried about my soul, too, and Carl wants so badly for me to enjoy heaven with him. How can I fault someone who is more sincere about this one thing than I have ever been about anything in my life? But on the other hand, if there's one thing that's true about Christianity, it's that no matter [its cultural expression], it's still afraid for your soul, it still thinks you're in for a reckoning. It's still Christianity. Christianity's whole jam is remaining Christian.

After attending worship services at Hillsong for a number of weeks, Taffy Brodesser-Akner explained that she didn't go to church but instead:

I went to soccer games with my children and ordered a pizza, and at the end of the evening I cleaned the kitchen and I bent down to place dinner plates into the dishwasher, and as I did I hummed Hillsong's music to myself, and then I straightened up suddenly, and I looked out the window into the dark nothing and I realized that I missed them all very much.

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