Thinking Out Loud

December 27, 2014

What’s Missing on Christian Television

Filed under: media, Uncategorized — Tags: , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:18 am

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If your background is Anglican or Roman Catholic, you might think that the world of Christian television is dominated by Evangelical voices, but you’d only be partly right. In fact, Christian TV is dominated by a certain type of Evangelical, which if not Pentecostal or Charismatic, definitely is leaning in that direction.

And that’s unfortunate because there is a wide swath of Evangelicals that simply aren’t represented in the broadcast medium:

Calvinists – I know this one flies in the face of some of my other writing about the dominance of Reformed theology on the internet and in Christian publishing, but the five-point crowd isn’t known for using the visual media.  Anyone know a reason for that?

Cerebral Christians – I’ve always wondered what a Christian television program would look like if it was created by InterVarsity. I know I’d watch.  N. T. Wright is often a guest on various shows; if he were a host, I wonder who would he invite?

Progressives – For all the Nadia’s and Matthew Paul’s out there, TV must seem a very old-school medium. Still, what would mean to capture the energy of those podcasts and turn it loose in a more populist medium?

Polar Opposites – Television is a great showcase for the dramatic. What if the TULIPs and the DAISYs had it out on a weekly basis? Or pit the egalitarians debating the complementarians. Or the watchdog bloggers against just about anyone.

What Christian television that doesn’t exist would you like to see?




  1. Gay-Born Born-Again Television. Rev. Samuel Kader of Ohio. Out of 15 millions Gays in America, I have met saved & redeemed Christian believers from many denominations besides my own Nazarene-Free Methodist-Wesleyan background : Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, church of Christ, Cumberland Presbyterian, United Methodist, etc. There are many REAL CHRISTIANS who were BORN GAY.

    Comment by Gale Davis — December 27, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    • Okay. I honestly didn’t see that one coming, but it certainly fits the theme of the article.

      It would probably fit into the Progressive category, however. The challenge is that Christians are slowly moving into a minority status in the U.S., and then when you add the gay-Christian factor, demographically, you’re dealing with a fringe of a minority, all of which raises the question could a broadcast medium support such a show financially?

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — December 27, 2014 @ 10:02 am

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