Bible studiesLarge Sunday gathering attendanceA praise team (or a choir)Lots of volunteersLots of well attended eventsLarge budgetsA facilityLots of programs (youth, children, music, etc.)A really cool websiteA quality livestream of your Sunday gatherings When you take a look at this list, you will find that most of these things are good, and some of them [...]
Before The Mandalorian told us that "This is the way" as he protected that undeniably cute baby Yoda (spawning COUNTLESS memes), Jesus had already come before and shook up the world as he claimed and proved to be "the Way", the Truth, and the life (John 14:6), and Paul who was once persecuting the followers of "The Way" was now claiming to be a follower of the teachings of "the Way" (Acts 24:14).
I've started noticing a trend with some (not all or even most) Christians, especially male Christians, and even more specifically male Christians who would consider themselves "culturally engaged" or taking on cultural ideologies that conflict with Biblical principles and moral standards found in the Bible. That trend is this...any time someone (like myself) mentions that we as believers need to love others better (not just those within the church, but also those outside of the church) and be kinder, more patient, and more gentle with people...there seems to rise up from the ranks of the individuals I mentioned above an immediate defensive posture, and their responses come across as almost a disdain for what is being said.