Saturday, July 16, 2016

Shameful Church



In Steve Camp's song "Living Dangerously" he says that "Sunday's become a holiday, they're an empty exercise."

Is this true? For me it is often. "How could someone who was a pastor like yourself says such things?"

When I was pastoring and I had the pleasure of sitting down and listening while someone preached, I winced at the thought of the things that ran through my mind.
I watched how we as pastors would "do" church. I see that extra stanza coming at the end of a no movement invitation. I saw how pastors and music people often plan their music so that it "compliments" one another so it might give more "punch" to the service.
I saw and still see how pastors manipulate people to make "decisions." I see how pastors attempt to use illustrations, movie clips, or stories to create an emotion to sway the listeners.
In the end, we as pastors or laymen for God, in whatever position we serve, become manipulators. We manipulate to satisfy our own, and other's opinions of ourselves.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mega-Compromise



One of the readers of Dead Theologians recently said
"I would even say that if your church is "mega" in size, compromise has taken place somewhere......"

I have thought about this comment for some time. If you put aside your feelings about your own church, your interests and desires for church growth you have to admit that there is some validity to the comment.

The world is turned off by the message of Christ. No one wants to be told that they are a sinner and that they are Hell bound.

And so, is it safe to assume that to have a mega-church compromise has crept in?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Probing Question



What Bible teachers, pastors or theologians have had the biggest impact on your walk with God and why?

Monday, October 07, 2013