Nothing else really need be said…
Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…
I was a little surprised to find that I resonated with a lot of what he has to say in this Leadership Journal piece:
Six Church-and-Culture Issues I Don’t Care About Any More
“When I say I don’t care about these issues, I mean it. I don’t think they’re bad. I’m not upset. If your church does them, fine. I don’t want to take a sledgehammer to them. I’ve just shrugged them off due to apathy…”
I liked that one well enough that I followed his link and found this one from a few days ago. More good stuff…
Six Church-Insider Issues I Don’t Care About Any More
“I grew up in the church. But in recent years I’ve found myself caring less about many of the issues I used to think mattered so much. I’m not just apathetic about them, I’m passionately apathetic.
Apathetic enough not to care. Passionate enough to write about them anyway.
I’m not even upset about them. It’s more about setting priorities than being right or wrong….These are issues that church insiders care a great deal about, but outsiders (and most regular church folks) don’t care about at all.
I’ve decided to join them.”
Insightful and frightening analysis on how school shootings catch on.
Thresholds of Violence – Malcolm Gladwell
“The problem is not that there is an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It’s worse. It’s that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.”
I’m part of a church who cares very deeply about communicating the Gospel in ways that touch the hearts of people in our generation. I’ve heard this criticism more than once…
Stop Watering Down the Gospel – Marty Duren
“Is there such a thing as watering down the gospel? Yes, but making the gospel clear is not it. Making the gospel understandable is not it. Making sure hearers comprehend the truth of the gospel is not it.”
I suppose it’s because my new web site is just a week old, but this one hit a little close to home…
Source: Wrong Hands
The Church is Not a Drive-Through Restaurant – Daniel Hyde
“Because of cultural influences on the church in America in our time, we tend to treat the church like a drive-through restaurant. We think to ourselves, “It will always be there and it will always have what I want, when I want it.” So, some of us attend worship once a week, some twice a month, and, sadly, some of us only occasionally. We come to get something and to leave. If it is not there, we go somewhere else.”
The Two Review Technique – Seth Godin
“…if you work to minimize criticism, you have surrendered the beauty and greatness of what you’ve set out to build.”
Ben Carson wouldn’t vote for Muslim president because he takes religion seriously (COMMENTARY) – Trevin Wax
“Today, the people who were most astonished at Ben Carson’s comments seem to think that a person’s religious beliefs should be totally irrelevant to how they govern or to how one votes. But that kind of religious reductionism is silly to most religious people. We know that religion really does matter in our daily life and how we think and how we live. So, ironically, Carson is the one taking Muslims and the Islamic faith seriously when he says he would not vote for a Muslim for president.”
If you need a smile today, this should do the trick…
The Rebellion of Song – Michael Kelly
“Christian, sing today. Sing tomorrow. Sing the songs of the rebellion, and fight on.”
How Confidence Makes Us Kind – Russell Moore
“‘This country is spiritually in decline,’ or ‘If God doesn’t judge this country, he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.’ Writer Marilynne Robinson notes that those who speak in such a way rarely include themselves, or their circles of friends, in this assessment. It becomes another form of ‘us’ versus ‘them’ demarcation. Moreover, it feeds into a sort of apocalypticism that feels invigorating, like, she says, a panic attack—with a jolt of adrenaline to fire up the passions. But this hysteria is actually a betrayal of Christianity itself, since it assumes that history is ultimately in the hands of humanity.
The opponents of the gospel often picture the onward advance of secularization and of moral “freedom” as the inevitable march of historical progress. Christian orthodoxy is on the ‘wrong side of history.’ They believe this, but, too often, so do we. The culture around us knows what it means when they see a church in perpetual outrage and bluster. They know that we are scared. How different this is from the mindset of Jesus himself.”