One of my comments in this weekend’s message, Interesting Places to Worship, was that we, as God’s people, should stop going to church. We considered the story from Daniel 3 of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego. You may remember that the three young men were threatened by King Nebuchadnezzar because they did not bow down and worship his over-sized golden statue. There defense was no defense at all. They just weren’t going to worship anyone or anything…..
You’ve seen our bumper stickers and bookmarks. Oh, don’t forget our doormats and Facebook posts. So, obviously, you know that us Christians like to share Bible verses. It’s an extremely common thing. We’re used to it, and we know you expect it. That’s why we do it even if you don’t ask us to. We know your heart. Another common place I’ve seen Bible verses referenced is in cards. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, get…..
We don’t always get knocks on the door during church finance meetings, but when we do I’m quick to answer. I figure I’ll leave all the finance fun to everyone else. Last night was one of those nights. I answered the knock and the woman at the door said she lived behind our church. Last night someone brazenly walked up to their back porch and stole their generator. She and her husband, who stood at the foot…..
I try not to oversimplify complicated situations. It’s typically a disingenuous and lazy thing to do. So, to clarify, this post is a bit of an oversimplification of my perspective on church ministry. But it happens to work for me this time. Forgive my inconsistency. Understand that tweet , and you understand part of what makes this pastor (me) tick. You could easily push back on the simplicity of his tweet–pleasing an entire congregation can…..
By the way, sometimes it’s okay to start change small. Doing something completely new can be daunting. It can be scary. Well, for most people. There are those among us that love to blaze the trails; we call them trailblazers–we’re so creative. For most of us, however, trying anything new is feels like feeding Gizmo after midnight. But if you’re not willing to move to the new, you’re bound to get held back. So, instead…..