Thinking Out Loud

January 3, 2009

Dream Flight – What Christian Author, Pastor or Leader Would You Most Like To Meet

Filed under: Christianity, Religion — Tags: , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 11:00 am

? Of the Week:

airline-seatsYou’re on a four-hour flight, up for conversation and you think the person in the next seat is also.  You turn and find yourself sitting next to ________________!

What person in the “Christian world” would you most like to find yourself sitting next to for that flight?   You can name up to three

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or just name one.   But let us know some reasons, and if we don’t know this person, explain who they are.

And yes, I know it would be more productive if you were sitting next to a stranger who simply needed to hear about Jesus from you, but we’ll take that as a given, okay?


  1. Here are my top three – all favorite authors of mine –
    1. Anne Graham Lotz
    2. John Piper
    3. Mark Buchanan

    Comment by lsbmusings — January 3, 2009 @ 11:41 am

  2. 1.Kenneth Haney General Superintenat of the Upci.

    2. Jentezen Franklin

    3. TD Jakes

    Comment by arm5 — January 3, 2009 @ 11:56 am

  3. Good post…as always.

    Here are three that come to mind. My list could change tomorrow but here are my choices. I’m taking for granted that you wanted three people who are contemporaries…presently ALIVE.

    1. Billy Graham
    2. George W. Bush
    3. Ravi Zacharias

    My reasons? Just to pick their brains and find out what (or Who) makes them tick.


    Comment by David Fisher — January 3, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

  4. 1) GORDON FEE … I would love to hear Fee talk about how he went from a pentecostal preacher’s son to being one of the most respected New Testament scholars alive. It couldn’t have been an easy road, as many pentecostals in the mid-20th century where very suspicious of higher education.

    2) N. T. WRIGHT … because I need some serious tutoring on the New Perspective on Paul.

    3) BILL MOUNCE … having interviewed Bill for a magazine article a couple of years ago, I am very impressed with his passion to make biblical scholarship accessible to lay people. As proof of his seriousness, he provides a website where people can get FREE theological education from scholars like Craig Blomberg, Daniel Wallace, Douglas Stuart, and several others ( I enjoying hear Bill’s passion for Christ translated into a concern for the laity.

    Comment by Jon Rising — January 3, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

  5. What a stimulating question, Paul!

    I’m also making the assumption that these figures must be currently alive. My choices are based on the amount of wisdom and learning I would benefit from in speaking to these people:

    1. Joni Eareckson Tada: firstly, because in the coddled Western hemisphere, I have so much to learn about true suffering. And secondly, because we’d share the spacious bulkhead seats due to her wheelchair.

    2. Paul David Tripp: firstly, because he is a deep well of godly wisdom about counseling and caring for people in a biblical way. And secondly, because sitting beside him in a plane would stop me from staring at his formidable moustache all the time.

    3. Douglas Wilson: firstly, because he knows so much and sees through so much of the Christian schlock out there. And secondly, because my stomach would be sore from laughing AND we’d enjoy a chilled beverage together in true Christian festal fashion.

    That was fun. And thanks for linking to Discerning Reader’s upcoming releases page in your sidebar, Paul.



    Comment by Mark@DR — January 3, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

  6. Wow Great Question.

    1. Philip Yancey
    2. Bruxy Cavey
    3. Franklin Graham

    Comment by Rick Apperson — January 5, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  7. 1. Bill Hybels – I admire what he’s accomplished and the conversation itself would be a lot of fun. (He probably does a lot of paperwork on flights, though.)

    2. Philip Yancey – Though we might get off on lots of tangents and later I’d think of other things we should have discussed. (He probably does a lot of reading on airplanes, though.)

    3. Greg Boyd – I’d let him do 75% of the talking; I’d probably learn a whole lot. (He also probably does a lot of research on flights, though.)

    Can I do two more? Hey, it’s my blog.

    4. Rob Bell or Ray Vanderlaan – Either one. I can’t get enought of the whole Old Testament context of the New Testament.

    5. Shane Claiborne – Be interesting to see what topics we got into; there’s never a dull moment around Shane.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 17, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

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