Now that my summer ‘tour’ is pretty much over and the dust is settling, I can begin to blog regularly again… This morning I’ve pondered posting several things. However, perhaps most important to the conversation (at least, today) is the following excerpt from begin with grey.
- Every argument can be turned back into a conversation by believing “It’s okay if I’m completely wrong about this.”
- All of us are always in progress always, all the time.
- Making a church look cool does not make it ‘postmodern’.
- When it comes to church; style does not equal substance. There are plenty of ‘uncool’ churches that are far more “postmodern”/”emergent” than the “cool” churches.
- “New Look, Same Great Taste!” doesn’t work if it tastes nasty.
- Churches spend countless resources in pursuit of the perfect formula for getting people saved. There is no formula. There never has been, there never will be.
You can’t buy the formula, you can’t sell the formula, you can’t go to a ‘cool’ church and copy the formula. No amount of research will reveal the formula. So just step away from the [Saddleback].
- Read the bible, everyone. Relentlessly discuss what it says with as many different kinds of people as possible. (is that a formula?)
- The word “christian” means all kinds of things to all kinds of people. Very often it means bad things. Same with ‘Jesus’, God, Savior, etc.
- Republican does not equal Christian.
- Two steps towards irrelevance: one, hold an evangelistic event that will impress your christian friends. two, blame the ‘unbelievers’ if they don’t get saved.
- What works for another church will not necessarily work for yours. Especially anything with the number forty in it.
Sounds harsh, I know. I’m not sure I agree with the original post entirely, but it is good food for thought. How much of this am I guilty of?