Weirdest, Thing, EVER!

This blog entry is for my Church of Christ peeps. The rest of you might not find this interesting.

I just read the darndest thing. Some of you might know that Caleb Hawley advanced to the Hollywood round of American Idol last night but I’ll bet you a ham sandwich you would never be able to guess how I found that out. Better YouTube Video available here.

Monroe Hawley
Normally I would never find out about American Idol. I have abandoned idol worship in all it’s forms 🙂 but I was reading my online Christian Chronicle today and I just about fell off my chair. Caleb Hawley went to York College in Nebraska (CofC school) but that’s not the amazing part. Caleb is the grandson of legacy mainline Church of Christ author, and minister Monroe Hawley; champion of a cappella worship. (See an interview with the Chronicle here)



First of all, learning about American Idol in Christian Chronicle is like getting gambling tips from the Gospel Herald. Secondly, Monroe Hawley’s grandson winning at American Idol? That is absolutely bizzare!

Monroe Hawley wrote Redigging the Wells which remains one of my favourite books of all time. It was one of the most formative books I’ve ever read. I was so effected by it I bought two copies so I could lend one out. (It is currently available if you would like it.)

His grandson winning a stage of American Idol is one of the most cosmic convergences I can imagine. This would be like Max Lucado’s son winning the UFC championship.

Strangest, funniest headline this week. Perhaps of the month. Thanks American Idol, I needed that!


3 thoughts on “Weirdest, Thing, EVER!

  1. Cool news! However, if his grandson grew up in CoC faith heritage, it might not be so bizarre that he’s moving on up. As you said yourself, Hawley is a strong advocate of a cappella worship. Makes sense to me that a CoC’er has got the pipes to make it bigtime!

    BTW, ‘Wells has been a formative book for me, too. He articulates the concept of non-denominationalism so well (pun unintended).


    • I just thought it was funny to find out about American Idol at the Chronicle Website. He’s got a great voice. I’m cheering for him. I just thought it was funny to see someone on my team make it big. The post is a little light hearted but I genuinely love Hawley’s book. It is a tremendous expansion of what non-denominational Christianity was meant to be. “Searching For A Better Way” is also excellent (though I only have one copy of that).


  2. Hi Noel,

    We’ve not met – I am Caleb’s dad. Enjoyed your post. I, too, thought it was a bit ironic that the Christian Chronicle reported on American Idol – somehow the two don’t seem to mix. Any way, thanks for the nice comments on dad’s book -and I’ll bet he still has a few copies of Searching for a Better Way.


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