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Say what?


iStock_000008889668XSmallFrom time to time I will be posting some things I have heard or read from U.S. church that may be worth a rethink. What are your thoughts?

Billboard ad for a church:
“Times are changing…we are not.”

Sunday morning sermon:
“People don’t come to church on Sunday night because they are lazy.”

Tweet from pastor on Sunday morning:
“It’s showtime!”

Paraphrase from a sermon:
Maybe suffering in our context is being willing to teach a Bible study in the church and facing possible ridicule for not doing a good job.

Mega-church pastor interview:
“My greatest value to the organization is not what I do 9:00 to 5:00, Tuesday through Thursday…there’s value, but it’s not my greatest value. If I’m not ready on Sunday morning, regardless of what I’ve done the rest of the week, it doesn’t matter…. It took me a while to give myself permission to do that, but once I did, it’s just better. And every leader has to get there. The younger you are, the less flexibility you have to do that. You’ve just got to do some things you don’t want to do, there are just some things you have to do. But the quicker you can get into a pace of how God wired you–it’s just better.”

Tagline of church ad played on Christian radio station:
“(church name), a church you can believe in.”

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  1. Grady Bauer says:

    Wow, and we wonder why the church continues to lose it’s influence in US culture. Seriously…all of these are proof that many churches in the US are living in a padded bubble. While most of the global church lives in day to day existence, meeting in homes, suffering jail time and social suffering the US church sits high on a hillside campus. They spend time in jail we merely visit for ministry.

    So many claim to be living our the great commandment….and love your neighbors as yourself and yet they brag when they give 10% to missions (which usually includes local outreach as well). If we truly loved our neighbors as ourselves wouldn’t we designate 50% of our giving to off campus ministry?

    Sadly, our day is coming…a post-christian, secular society is quickly developing and eventually our naive little bubbles will begin to fall apart and we’ll once again get to taste the bitter-sweet life of a true NT church.

  2. almost an M says:


    I wanted to share that I have learned of a church in Houston that does give 50% to missions. As this was encouraging for me, I thought I would pass it along.

    Take care,

  3. Jeff says:

    Bob Briner said in his book “Roaring Lambs” that evangelical Christianity in America thinks it is so powerful and effective because of all the stuff we have: our own television, radio, conference centers, buildings, clubs, etc, etc. His conclusion is that what we really have done is create a Christian Ghetto. A place where no one outside our own circle would dare to venture.
    I’d say the quotes in this blog entry are ample evidence of truth of Briner’s words. We are our own culture and have no sense of the necessity of cross-cultural thinking required of us to reach folks across the street.

  4. Tim says:

    I completely echo Jeff’s statements.

    I really like this quote (or quotes) from George Weigel:

    “The most ghettoized people of all are those who don’t know they grew up in a particular time and place and culture, and who think they can get to universal truths outside particular realities and communities.”

    He continues: “The real question is not whether you grow up in a ghetto, but whether the ideas and customs and rhythms of your particular ghetto prepare you to engage other ideas and customs and life experiences without losing touch of your roots.”

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