Australia’s Seven network featured a fifteen minute segment on Hillsong Church recently on its flagship current affairs program, Sunday Night.
Hillsong’s leader, Brian Houston is interviewed at some length.
Even if you have little interest in Hillsong, the questioning provided by Monique Wright, the journalist that features in the piece, is fascinating.
They reveal astounding ignorance about Christianity in general, and the worldwide pentecostal movement in particular. She seems ignorant of the existance of similar congregations in the major Australian cities. She seems ignorant of the fact that Hillsong reflects a model of church that is growing aournd the world, particularly in the place where it originated, the USA.
I thought Houston’s best reply came when asked if he was nervous about the interview. He deadpans ‘fatalistic’, which Wright just let go sailing by.
At some points she looks so perplexed over Houston’s answers to her questions that her eyebrows threaten to crawl all the way up her forehead and escape completely. Maybe she had a head cold and was trying not to sneeze while they filmed her reaction shots.
Despite the somewhat triumphalistic introduction about getting Houston to speak, the only piece of information that I don’t think I’ve heard before is Brian finally giving a figure for his annual income.
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