If you can understand him, old Will Shakespeare gave us some great insights. Try this one for size: When Macbeth had his ambition stirred by three witches pointing out he could become king by assassinating his faithful lord, he drew back from committing the crime.
His hardened wife read his letter hinting at his emotions and mused of him: “Thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but without the illness that should attend it.” Read the rest of this entry
The church had a vision statement that covered all the bases. No one could take issue with the noble things it talked about and the statement contained something for everyone. The problem was the church was rapidly shrinking and nothing the pastor and lay leaders did could stop the loss of members.
They delivered their door-hanger to home all over their community and were very pleased with themselves. It might have been a good idea to have an outsider proofread it but they saved time by skipping that step. They knew what they were doing. They probably never understood why that campaign didn’t go so well.
Small churches don’t necessarily qualify for some special badge of honor. It all depends on why they are small. Large churches don’t enjoy special standing with God because of their size. Read the rest of this entry
How we answer this question reveals our understanding of what the church actually is: if we see the church as the formal meeting where a set series of events performed by appointed people must occur then we will try to reflect those Read the rest of this entry
Is the church an incorporated business with the pastor as the CEO? That is pretty much the model many churches gravitate towards. In some there Read the rest of this entry
As she sat in the auditorium with her friends her mind was in “wander mode.” There was a time when she used to hang on every word the pastor said and write notes and want to go discuss her ideas after the service. Church had connected for her back then.
Everyone says Jesus does great stuff for us but I have some doubts. Sometimes he just doesn’t understand the great things we are doing for him. Read the rest of this entry
Let’s face it, teenagers fool around and teenage girls get pregnant. They struggle with decisions about carrying the baby and then about keeping it or putting it up for adoption. If they keep their baby they need loads of support to help them succeed. If they Read the rest of this entry
“I don’t love tennis today but I’m here,” she said after beating Chanelle Scheepers, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round of the Brisbane International. “I can’t live without it — there’s a difference between not loving something and not being able to live without it. I have never liked sports and could never understand how I became an athlete.” Read the rest of this entry