Church "metrics" are an interesting topic. Everyone has their idea of what are good metrics to keep an eye on to gauge success and health. In America, one of the biggest "success" and "health" metrics (despite what we are willing to admit to) is size. The size of churches service attendance... The size of churches [...]
I am just going to come right out and say it...the Church needs to stop using the word "laity" (or "lay-leader" or "lay-person", etc.) AND the word "clergy". I'll give my reasons why shortly (and what the Bible says about leaders), but first...a little word lesson... "Laity" means = "uneducated" or "not belonging to the [...]
Rarely do the things we believe in our hearts fall hard “left” or hard “right”. Despite what the talking heads on the television try to tell us. Most of us don’t truly exist in the extremes because it is in the extremes that we see hard lines being drawn refusing to let ideals mesh together [...]
Certainly, everywhere across America Christians and non-Christians alike will be celebrating on that day the freedom we gained from an oppressive king and government - which is certainly something worth celebrating. But, over the last few years I have noticed an unhealthy trend in the Church toward lifting up their political party loyalty and our nation (the United States of America) above and beyond our loyalty to Jesus and the Kingdom which He is building. And so while I'm excited to celebrate on the Fourth on Sunday, I'm a little hesitant and concerned.
We live in a very politically divided time. Everyone sees the "other side" as the enemy. Conservatives see liberals as enemies and liberals see conservatives as enemies. Neither side seems very willing to work through differences, but instead want to paint with broad strokes and wide brushes the other party. To make matters worse, individuals have come to some conclusion that Jesus would've been a supporter of their party. But, would he? Is Jesus a conservative or a liberal? How about a socialist? Let's talk about that!