Monday, April 29, 2019

CNN's W. Kamau Bell visits megachurches in Dallas

W Kamau Bell continued his “United Shades of America” Sunday night with a presentation “My Megachurch Adventure”. 

Bell focused his broadcast on Dallas-Ft Worth (I lived in Dallas 1979-1988), and started out standing in what looked like the Cathedral of Hope on Inwood Road near Love Field in Dallas. The church belongs to United Churches of Christ and focuses on the LGBT community and various minorities. It got started in the late 1980s before I left (with some people from MCC over on Reagan St in Oak Lawn).

But Bell quickly moved to Grapvevine to one megachurch and then visited several others.  Many are non-denominational (like the McLean Bible Church in Route 7 in northern Virginia).

Many have African-American pastors, and one of them discussed going “political”.  “You can’t go to the bathroom today without it being political.”
Nevertheless, the influence of the “Moral Majority” of the 1980s with James Robson et al seems reduced.

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