This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well..
The Beautiful, Necessary Distraction Of Corporate Worship –David Santistevan
We are misfits from many walks of life gathered under ONE NAME. We are sinners who’ve screwed up our lives, gathered under ONE CROSS where there is mercy. We are orphans embraced under ONE FATHER, now called sons and daughters.
We are the large, we are the small. We are the rich, we are the poor. We are the smart, we are the uneducated. We are the talented, we are the glossed over. We are the brilliant, we are the broken. We are the church.
And we need your voice in the corporate gathering. And you need that beautiful distraction in your life. It’s a fairy tale to only listen to Bethel records in the comfort of your home. Whether you like the songs or enjoy your band or not, you need Church. And the Church needs you…
Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with closing your eyes and focusing on Jesus. No one will punish you for such an action. But corporate worship isn’t just about you and Jesus. You and Jesus can have devotions every day. Corporate worship is about being the Church.
Gotta Trust Somebody –Samuel James
To make suspicion and distrust toward established, respected, and accountable sources of information your default orientation is to either put yourself at the mercy of other sources of information–which are probably just as biased and ideological as the sources you eschew, but biased in a direction you’re more OK with–or, even worse, it’s to make intuition and assumption your primary means of knowledge…
You’ve gotta trust somebody. Free market economics are far from perfect, but one thing to admire about the way America works is that even biased, slanted, ideological news outlets have to compete against each other for public trust, have to keep each other accountable, and have to abide by certain norms and incentives. To dismiss an entire arm of intellectual credentialism is to lose a lot of faith in the free market, really quickly. You’ve gotta trust somebody, and it can’t just be you.
This is a two part post from several years ago. It’s worth remembering…
Nobody Cares About Your Church (part one) –Danny Franks
…it was in the middle of that discussion that I was hit with the cold, hard reality: nobody cares about our church…
It’s not that they don’t care because they want to see the demise of your church. In all likelihood, they don’t wish you any harm. They don’t care because it’s just not on their radar. The typical unchurched person in your community doesn’t scan the religious section on Saturday to see what’s going on at Second Baptist. (“Look Martha! A Wild Game Dinner! We gotta get in on that…”)
So what makes somebody care about your church? That answer’s coming up in the next post.
Nobody Cares About Your Church (part two) –Danny Franks
…most people who will attend your church will do so not because of a flyer, a marquee, or a newspaper ad. They’ll do it because of relationship. They’ll do it because a member of your church lent a hand, gave some money, bought some groceries, spoke a kind word, or personally shared the gospel.
And because they trust your people, they might try your church.
The people in your church are the best commercial for your church. …[They] live what they believe in the community. They serve without expectation of return. They give generously when they know of a need. They seek to bless others without an agenda.