Letter to My Enemy

From my perspective, January 1st has come upon us like a freight train, and with it a slew of resolutions are surely dotting our horizons. “I am gonna lose a few pounds.” “I want to finally finish that project around my house.” “This is the year I get my raise!” Maybe you want to learn to speak another language, exercise more, invest in your grandkids, or spend more time with friends over coffee. What is high atop your list of things to resolve to accomplish this coming year? God has granted you possibly another 365 days to steward at will. Not to discourage any desires, but if history is any indicator, many of those “resolutions” will be tossed aside and discarded like New Year’s Eve confetti well before February…jus’ sayin’. Not that resolutions don’t have merit, but we need to choose them well–and follow through. Continue reading “Letter to My Enemy”

Franchising God

What do I feel like today? How about something spicy? How about that place? No, it’s too bland. What about the place on the corner? That place is too pricey. The big place? No. Last time we went there I got sick. The old place? No, not there it takes waaay too long. Oooh, that’s a pretty place. Nope, too loud. There? No, they are totally rude there.

Sound familiar? It may sound like a typical conversation regarding a trip into town to grab a bite to eat on restaurant row, or at a food court, but increasingly I think it begins to sound like a choice being made in regards to a church. And who does the church have to blame?

All too often the Church has taken on a worldly business model and is attempting to “grow our business model with increased sales.”  More advertising. More promotion, more “gimmicks.” Sadly enough, we often represent the many different “flavors” of our denominations, and sometimes that can divide us. We are guilty of trying to position ourselves as something unique among the many options. What are our demographics? Who is our target market? Are we going to offer something spicy? Or just something healthy? How do we fill this place up? Continue reading “Franchising God”