Hillsong -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Many years ago -- before I was born -- Aimee Semple McPherson made news with her blend of revival religion and media savvy. She was a Pentecostal evangelist he planted a church, launched a denomination and a Bible College, while establishing one of the first Christian radio stations. Since she burst on the scene in the early 1920s, many mega-church movements have come on the scene. One of the most recent is a transplant from Australia, which is probably best known for the music it produces. Apparently Hillsong, which now has planted a congregation in Los Angeles caught the eye of the New York Times, and from there of Martin Marty. He provides some interesting insight into this church and its influence on the current religious scene. As always, take a read and offer your thoughts.