The Messiah Lives! Politics, Culture and Worldview A Secular Jew Makes a Surprising Discovery about Slavery and Christians This is a must read article! FASCINATING. Truly fascinating. History is so complicated which is another reason not to trust the first take of most media narratives. I Thought Christians Were Stupid and Bigots “Giving up … More Links for Life, Leisure, and Light
Worldview, Politics, and Cultural Engagement “Will I Be Fully Accepted As a Gay Man at Your Church?” Helpful. Churches need to have this conversation. Ten Things You should Know Know about the Dangers of Media I wonder if people wrote articles about “ten things you should know about automobiles” when cars began to dominate … More Curated Links for Growth and Thought
Here is a thoughtful article on small churches from Christianity Today. If you are a small church pastor or a small church member this article might give you much to praise God for and a few things to aspire to. When I taught in the seminary I often told my students that mega churches were … More Thoughtful Article on Small Churches
Thursday is for Church Planting Ed Gross is a friend and fellow trainer of church planters. I saw a slightly shorter version of this on his FaceBook™ feed and asked him if I could post it here as a guest blog post. He agreed, after taking a day “to clean it up a bit.” The … More Stop Being Impressed with the Size of Churches (large or small)
Wednesday is for Prayer I once met a man who collected the names of former pastors who had destroyed their own ministry and marriages by sexual or financial misconduct or relational abuse of power. The inside cover of his Bible was nearly black with ink and he was about to start a new list on … More Holiness and the Mega-Church
Monday Discussion In a post last week, my friend Ed Stetzer wrote: “If you have a group of people who gather together to listen to Bible teaching and that’s the only thing that they do, you’ve created a room full of consumers—whether it has 20 seats or 20,000 seats. But if instead you take that … More Missional Smishional! Mega/Micro! Get on with it Church!
Weekend Links for September 17, 2011 Some really interesting and helpful reads here. Science, Church Planting, the Arts, Growing in Christ, Politics, Economics, Apologetics, its all covered here. As always, I thought it was interesting, or helpful, or thought provoking, but that doesn’t mean I agree with every position taken. Global Warming News MIT Scientist … More MIT Global Warming Research; Issues for Church Planters; and the Failure of the Mega Church
Sunday Musings Over at Jesus Creed (Scot McKnight) posts on a new Barna report that documents a twenty year downturn in church attendance, Bible reading, Bible confidence and Church involvement, noting in particular these factors among women. You can read the report on the report here. Barna reports a 20 year trend. Think about it. … More Replacing Awe in Worship with “Awesome” Worship Bands