Monthly Archives: August 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.
- Hope that stalwarts from your denomination move to town and join your church.
Last weekend most people in America avoided church. And, a sizable portion of those who did make it to church wished they were somewhere else. But why?
I decided to go direct to the source. I staked out a city park to ask the public why they weren’t in church. What they told me echoed what I’ve been hearing for several years now.
It was a fairy tale romance based on a total mystery. She was what you call a real catch. Pretty as well as smart, so he was really pleased when she said she wanted to marry him. He had a rich dad and most everything he wanted when he wanted it. Life would be good to them! Read the rest of this entry
What are we supposed to do when life gets tough and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us?
Sure it’s a far-fetched fantasy but that doesn’t make it pointless. It ignores God and reality but does that make it useless? Real people hurt like this and fantasize about the answers they want. The power of the fantasy is that Read the rest of this entry
She had really screwed up this time, she just knew her parents were going to freak out when they heard what she had done. All those hopes they held for her and all the guilt trips they used to keep her “under control” were wasted now. Yet, “It wasn’t my problem” she reasoned. “I’m my own person, I don’t have to live my life as their prisoner. Why do I have Read the rest of this entry