Wednesday January 22, 2014
Someone always inevitably blurts the Old Statement: "The church is not a business." When a lay person uses a metaphor from the business world in a church meeting, you can count on someone chiding the person with the Old Statement. "The church is not a business."
Wednesday January 15, 2014
We walked through the nearly empty, formerly flourishing space of the Kodak manufacturing plant near our home. The plant manager, a friend from church, sadly described how Kodak plants had been downsizing and closing ever since the advent of digital photography.
Tuesday January 7, 2014
Sit down. Shut up. Listen. Agree or leave. Sadly, that’s the message many take away from church. And, sadly, they leave. And they don’t return. And too often, what’s left is an ethos of intimidation or “timidation”–the fear to talk about the touchy, but important, stuff of life and faith.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
They tell me I’ve missed the point of the gospel, I’ve mistaken Jesus’ message. Their chastening has come when I’ve shared our findings of why the majority of Americans avoid church.
Wednesday November 20, 2013
Here’s a guaranteed way to dramatically power-up your teaching and preaching. It works. But many teachers and preachers will reject it–before ever trying it.