The Insecurity of the Believer

Over at Mike Cope’s blog the other day, Mike got after the Christians – well meaning, no doubt – who post dumb stuff on billboards, attribute it to Jesus or God, and think they’re helping to usher in the kingdom of God with their incomparable cleverness. Stuff like, “I miss hearing you say, ‘Merry Christmas’Continue reading “The Insecurity of the Believer”

“Virtual Discipleship?”

You’ve got to be kidding me. Those of you with links to the now-immolated Paramount Terrace Christian Church (PTCC) will recognize one of the megachurches to which this article refers.  Must be pretty heady stuff to make the FoxNews home page.  Here’s a quote from a staff member at that church: “We live in aContinue reading ““Virtual Discipleship?””

A Prophet from Outside the Church

Occasionally the people of God – qb includes himself in this indictment – get too wrapped up in ourselves and our freely conferred identity as God’s children and Jesus’ friends.  We begin to think that how we are currently doing things and how we are currently looking at things need no justification.  Our points ofContinue reading “A Prophet from Outside the Church”

The Growth Matrix 2

In the first post, we noted that economic freedom results – inevitably, probably – in a nonuniform distribution of wealth and per capita net energy consumption, which we use the term “ecological footprint” to represent in the aggregate.  The idea here is that real wealth depends on “natural capital,” which in a remarkably seminal wayContinue reading “The Growth Matrix 2”

From Wormwood, With Love

Dear Readers, I thought you might benefit from this. See below for some great information about marketing your churches during the upcoming fall campaign.    Sincerely, Wormwood ——————— MINDSTORM Fall 2008    We’d love to partner with you this Fall in reaching the heart of your community. This back-to-school season is a pivotal time for families and individuals as they look for stability and aContinue reading “From Wormwood, With Love”

David Wells on “Marketers and Emergents”

Here is an excerpt of an interview in Christianity Today.  How refreshing to see that someone with far more credibility than qb is saying these things…and how interesting that Willow Creek, the uber-“seeker-sensitive” church association, is finding that its strategy is deeply flawed!  I hope that this will someday serve as a warning sign toContinue reading “David Wells on “Marketers and Emergents””

“Relevant” Preaching

Kenneson and Street wrap up their book with a flourish that is worth an aspiring preacher’s close attention, quoting Willimon at length: * * * Perhaps the church that views itself as an embodied question mark will see the wisdom, as Willimon suggests, of preaching as if a miracle will be needed for it toContinue reading ““Relevant” Preaching”