Jesus Needs New PR

Jesus Needs New PR

Popular blogger & atheist Daniel Florien questions me about Jesus, faith & blogging


by Daniel Florien at Unreasonable Faith (<-A favorite blog of mine.)

Matthew Paul Turner is a Christian blogger, author, and former fundamentalist. He has authored 10 books and is the former editor of CCM (Christian Music Magazine). He’s one of my favorite Christian bloggers and was kind enough to agree to an interview.


DANIEL: Your blog name is “Jesus Needs New PR”…

ME: I started blogging in 2006. However, before it became the name of my blog, “Jesus Needs New PR” was a book title for a collection of essays about how the actions, words, and sometimes stupidity of various segments of the Christian culture impacted Jesus’s “image.” But despite being signed to a Christian publishing house, the book never released. Fourteen months later, after the writing and editing was finished, the head guy at the publishing house deemed the manuscript too controversial and refused to release it. I took it to five other publishing houses, four of which were Christian imprints — all of them said no.  At some point during that time, I started the blog.

DANIEL: Why do you think Jesus needs new PR?

Read the entire interview here.

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Lisa S

posted April 1, 2010 at 8:32 am

I found you through Daniel’s site. I am so grateful, as an atheist, to find a reasonable Christian. I love good conversation and hearing a variety of opinions without the hotheadedness or the strange need to save me.

I think I’ll be reading more of your good stuff!


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    Matthew Paul Turner

    posted April 1, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Thank you, Lisa. It’s wonderful meeting you as well. Look forward to our future conversations… :)

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      Lisa S

      posted April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

      When I was a Christian, I had a pastor that said we should all be red-letter Christians….meaning sticking to Jesus’ word and not argue about the rest.

      Of course, this was right before telling us about the ills of homosexuality…blah…

      I hope for some great conversations as well!

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Religion Gone Crazy

posted April 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

If the religious were more like you: reasonable, sane, followed Jesus’ teachings as they were meant to be followed, we wouldn’t have a reason for our website!

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posted April 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm

well that was a fun ride. loved it. i will passing the link along to the “others” 😉

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posted April 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I didn’t actually realize that the link had taken me to DF’s website, I thought it was on your site. So I came back to re-post this comment here and ask an extra question.

First Comment:
“And let me tell you; some of the members of John Piper’s fan base are scary, mean-spirited disciples who troll the Internet seeking out non-Piper fans to devour.”

That can really be said of any popular speaker…insert: Mark Driscoll, insert: Rob Bell, insert: Andy Stanley

I mean that’s why after Rob’s “Velvet Elvis” came out he actually addressed it in their gathering. He told his members to lay off the bloggers going after him…some of their defenses of Rob became more than defenses they became attacks, I pick up the same vibe from lots of people. I’m just saying. Sorry I picked up on one thing like this, believe me, I hate when people read something I write, then pick out one trivial thing to harp on. IDK it just kind of hit me when I read it. As someone who reads everyone from Bell to Sweet to Rollins to Piper to McManus…it seems they all have “those people.” Might as well not demonize one guy or his crowd.

Peace to you.

Second Comment:
Quote from beyonddeities
“Sounds like his beliefs are closer to Buhddism O.o”

Any thoughts on that statement? (not really sure what I’m looking for, I just thought it was interesting they came to that conclusion from the interview)

Thanks Bro.

This is kind of my first connect with you. I’m on the board for Impact UNCC, where Justin Wallace is Campus Minister, besides the formalness of that statement (he’s one of my best friends) he sent me the list of speakers for the Project X event this summer and you were on that list…so I wanted to check out your site and stuff. Look forward to meeting you personally this summer.

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