Originally posted on Mike Livingstone:
The great heresy of the church today is that we think we’re in the entertainment business. A.W. Tozer believed this to be true back in the 1950s and 60s. Church members “want to be entertained while they are edified.” He said that in 1962. Tozer grieved, even then, that it was “scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction was God.”*
More recently, David Platt has asked: “What if we take away the cool music and the cushioned chairs? What if the screens are gone and the stage is no longer decorated? What if the air conditioning is off and the comforts are removed? Would His Word still be enough for his people to come together?” (Radical)
Would it be enough?
Tozer got it right: “Heresy of method may be as deadly as heresy of message.”
HALLOWEDNESS, NOT SHALLOWNESS
Like Tozer, we…
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Here’s a new twist on church growth: creating a pagan atmosphere and branding campaign for New Age spiritualists in order to increase the number of bodies in the pews. The Church of England is actually training its ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the center” to attract spiritual believers.
That means changing the Anglican church doctrine to make it more inclusive for people of alternative beliefs. The Church of England admits that its motive is to retain congregation numbers who have embraced paganism. The Church Mission Society, which is training ministers to “break new ground” in order to get spiritual people into churches. If you’ve come from a Seeker-Driven model, that might actually sound like a good thing. Get them in the doors and tell them about Jesus, right? But make no mistake; that is not what is happening here. The Jesus the Church of England is re-creating is not the Jesus of the Bible.
A little update on the Church of England: It recently gave up its fight against gay marriage, and also went as far as to bless civil partnerships.
The Church Mission Society’s Andrea Campenale, said: “Nowadays people, they want to feel something; they want to have some sense of experience. We live in reflective England where there’s much more of a focus on ourselves. I think that is something we can bring in dialogue with the Christian society.”
The Church Mission Society’s webpage advertising their pioneer training scheme states: “Wherever in the world the mission of Jesus goes on, the church needs pioneer mission leaders to break new ground.”
This news release was actually coordinated a couple of days ago to align with the Summer Solstice, with events lining up around the celebrations at Stonehenge which recently underwent a multimillion dollar transformation. A couple of days ago 20,000 spiritual seekers celebrated the summer solstice there. Pagans and druids gathered to celebrate at the historic monument.
Excellent – Exactly what I wanted to say.
Originally posted on Work for the Cause not the Applause :
Tonight is proving to be a Jesus flipping tables kind of night. A short time ago a wonderful blogger pal of mine on A time to share posted on being offended. I really resonated with how she was feeling and tonight I am having some of those same feelings myself. I have found that in the blogosphere that in order to get people’s attention, the less words the better. So tonight here are my Jesus table flipping thoughts:
1. If you say you don’t have an agenda, then don’t have one
2. If you say we can’t talk about Jesus, then don’t talk about how He doesn’t exist
3. If you read a Christian post and don’t agree with it, all you have to say is “I don’t agree.” You don’t have to go on an hour-long tirade about how Christians are dumb farm animals who have no brains.
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Originally posted on Levi's Daily Thoughts:
Everyone who reads my blog regularly knows how much I love C.H. Spurgeon. This year I am posting his Faith’s Checkbook everyday. If you read it everyday on December 31st you will have read them all. Today’s post by Spurgeon is very similar to the thought I have been thinking on for the past 24 hours.
I am going to use the text that Spurgeon used for this mornings devotion, but I could find many throughout the Bible in both Testaments equally well.
“But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen”. (Hosea 1:7)
The world that we live in is saturated with evil. Many are affected by the events of a few. Christians today are in a very fierce warfare with darkness much like Judah was…
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Author: W.A. Dillard
At various times and in sundry circumstances the measure of another person is taken.. Perhaps it is to recognize talents and abilities or to evaluate and praise the good deeds accomplished, or other reasons. We want to be as kind and liberal as possible in taking such measures. In quite serious situations such as facing surgery and needing a surgeon, we tend to become more critical in taking such measure, understandably so. Taking the measure of another may also be expressed as sizing one up. That has a positive ring to it, and if there are not too many “buts’ in the sizing, and the pure and simple truth is expressed, it is a good thing. Otherwise, such action might be better expressed as sizing one down. Generally speaking, how do men take the measure of the Son of God? Let’s think about this one!
The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the express (pushed out) image of the invisible God. However, His own people did a disastrous job of taking His measure. They were looking for a handsome, charismatic king. Should they have known better? Certainly so! The great prophet Isaiah plainly declared, “…and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” Isa., 53:2. And that He would be a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.
The erroneous measure continues! Men attribute to God the thinking of a man. They think that surely God will bend the rules and make exceptions for them when he learns their circumstances (as if He does not know every detail). Such is a plain and simple “sizing down” of God which will not stand. They fail to consider Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” In taking the measure of the Creator God, one will do well to listen to Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Digest this if you possibly can. Science tells us that the nearest star to earth is four light-years away. Since light travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per second, that makes it a very long distance. There is no telling the distance of so many others. This is God’s explanation to us of how far above us He is in every regard, especially in thoughts and ways. And some would make a glorified man of Him?!?? Please, please rethink your sizing of Him and make it up instead of down. A reading of Isaiah 6:1-9 will be most helpful in the process. Then, as the apostle Peter said, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” I Peter 3:15. Doubtless, the world will continue to size God downward, but to its own hurt. Let those who know Him learn enough to always size Him UP!!!
Originally posted on Levi's Daily Thoughts:
In my recent work in New York City working in the Jews For Jesus NYC Campaign 2014 I really learned something that I knew intellectually, but not practically. If you have read my post over the past 3 weeks you know that I became the “coffee meister”, and as the NYC branch director called me in a thank you card “the coffee master extraordinaire”.
The campaign had decided to pass out iced coffee that New Yorkers love so much in the summer. By initially only helping, I became the sole maker of 900 gallons of the cold brewed drink. It was such a time consuming task that I didn’t take part in the daily contact with people on the streets for 4 days of my 18 because I absolutely didn’t have the time. I was more or less confined to the brew kitchen by myself because I was spending 17…
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