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It is strange that the Bible is our most treasured book, and yet it seems so difficult that we don’t find it very helpful. Perhaps we have expected the wrong things from it; we have asked of it what it cannot do. We have expected the Bible to keep…
In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul says of his imprisonment, “Now I want you to know brothers and sisters, what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and t…
…when we pray, “Your will be done,” we are not asking that things come out right as we want things to come out, but rather we are asking that God’s will be done. Too often, we are conditioned to think of prayer as asking God for what we want–dear Go…
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is spot on!___The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned vicars against filling their sermons with “moral claptrap” about being “a bit nicer” to everyone.The Most Rev Justin Welby said religion should never be r…
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David F. Watson has written a fitting tribute on the occasion of Borg’s death. Like David, I disagreed with Borg far more than I agreed. But his scholarship was challenging and made me think. Of Borg, David writes,With Borg’s passing, we lose anot…
Rev Ron: “After restoration, it was established with certainty that the Mona Lisa was not DaVinci’s self-portrait, but rather a portrait of his younger brother, Vinnie.”
from Carey Nieuwhof:
1. Don’t dream
The church should be the place where dreams are born and where dreams soar.
In far too many cases, churches have become the place where dreams die.
2. Focus on yourself
Ineffective churches are almost always self-focused.
The natural mission of the church (and almost every healthy organization for that matter) has an
outward thrust to it.
But many unhealthy organizations lose their focus on outsiders and instead focus on insiders.
Trying to keep everyone happy is a recipe for misery. Yet so many churches serve dinner from that cookbook everyday.
You can’t keep everybody happy. You won’t keep everyone happy.
I really want to walk into a great church fight. Said no unchurched person ever.
5. Make mediocrity your standard
So solve a few problems and you’ll be more effective.
But as long as you’re mediocre, you’ll never reach your potential.
And for some strange reason, churches seems to love mediocrity.
6. Treat every Sunday like just another Sunday
If you’re bored heading into next Sunday, why wouldn’t everyone else be?
In the church, every Sunday is resurrection Sunday. The same power that was at work to raise Jesus from the dead is the same power that is at work in us.
7. Never articulate a strategy
Passion is one thing…and you’ve got to have passion.
But passion combined with an effective strategy is explosive.
Many churches are afraid to articulate a strategy because it’s divisive. Leaders are afraid that not everyone will like it. And that’s true. But see point #3 above.
8. Avoid all risk
Christians teach their kids stories like David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions Den, and then spend all their time trying to make sure no one gets hurt, nothing gets lost, and everyone is ‘safe’ in the end.
The disconnect is profound if you think about it.
9. Decide you don’t like unchurched people
Too many churches have defined themselves by what they’re against, not what they’re for.
If you really don’t like the people you’re trying to reach, why would they hang out with you Seriously.
The details of each one are here.