Wednesday September 26, 2012
We’re producing a generation of spiritual dwarfs. Many in the church are going through the motions, but their faith lacks vibrancy, exuberance, life and contagion. They may be saying the right stuff. Doing the right stuff. But missing the main thing....
Wednesday September 19, 2012
Bear with me as I fantasize. About Sunday morning. At church. The worship leader begins the service with: “Everybody please be seated. I don’t know why I’ve asked you to stand every time we sing. But whatever the reason, I realized it’s become just another cliche´. So please be seated.”...
Wednesday September 5, 2012
It seems to have become a badge of honor. “We don’t use any outside resources.” Some people in ministry have decided to go it alone. They now spend a sizable chunk of their time creating their own curriculum, Bible studies, teacher guides, devotionals, messages, music, video and artwork.
Wednesday August 29, 2012
I’ve been talking with leaders of once-sizable churches. Every week they face the painful picture of a shrinking flock amongst the sea of empty seats. Thousands of churches today are declining to the point of unviability.
Wednesday August 22, 2012
Maybe it’s time to mothball two of the church’s favorite terms: evangelism and discipleship. The current meaning of these terms has deteriorated into something far afield from the original intent. Let’s start with evangelism. For most churches, evangelism boils down to one of two activities: Lecture a roomful of people about sin and God.