I feel a little like a sell out, pandering to the baser instincts of a Politics obsessed blogosphere for the sake of some traffic...oh well, I'll get over it!
This article isn't strictly about politics, it's about the church and politics. And talking about the church in America and Willow in particular was always part of the plan.
This one's called Why Don't Area Evanglicals Have More Clout?
It's some more fine reporting byCathleen Falsani at the Sun Times.
Here's an excerpt:
The Rev. Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, the largest evangelical congregation in the Chicago area and one of the largest in the nation, describes his church as "a unique mixture of Republicans and Democrats."
"Chicago evangelicals have historically been hard to peg," said Hybels, who in recent years has brought former President Bill Clinton and Republican stalwart Oliver North to speak to his congregation about their faith.
"You would have whole groups of evangelicals to the right of where we are, and you would have whole groups of evangelicals to the left of where we are," he said.