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.
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
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.
On a scale of 10 we rated his sermon as a ten, no doubt about it. It had all the right points we approved of and he said all the things we know we agree with. We felt a comforting combination of guilt and relief about Read the rest of this entry
“Good intentions pave the road to hell!” She said it over and over to her young disciple. It’s not enough to make good choices, you have to see them through to completion was her point. Read the rest of this entry
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
When Robert wore a suit to church we immediately knew we’d done something seriously wrong. Read the rest of this entry