Who's Afraid of Postmodernism: Taking Derrida, Lyotard and Foucault to church is a lot better informed and a lot more clearly expressed than most books on Christianity and Postmodernism/ity. (I guess at this point a thank you to Sean the Baptist for introducing me to Smith is in order.) You can follow Smith's musings over at forsclavigera.
Recently he's published an open letter to praise bands. If you accept his premises about the nature of Christian worship, and I'm inclined to, then his conclusions are spot on. And yet .. I can't help wondering if there isn't just a small sprinkling of the crusty old reactionary in his musings.
As the grains of sand in my personal egg timer of life fling themselves with ever increasing abandon into the lower section of the hour glass I have to be alert to the awakening of my own inner crusty. A big part of me longs for the more anarchic days of charismatic worship, the have-a-go days of the solo guitarist worship leader who actually gave you a chance to join in. But is this yet more evidence of my legendary wisdom and common sense or a worrying lapse into old gittery? It would make me really happy if you took a look at Smith's letter and let me know what you think.