Willimon on the Busy Church

While I'm studying/reading about the church and culture, let me share this jewel by William Willimon & Robert Wilson.  It is found in their Preaching and Worship in the Small Church (Nashville: Abingdon, 1980), 39-40.  To set the context, Willimon and Wilson lament the way so many churches have taken the spotlight off Sunday, the day… Continue reading Willimon on the Busy Church

#1 Selling Beer, Rock Concerts, and Your Neighborhood McMegachurch

Now that I'm done with this book, I'm convinced that all Reformed pastors should at least skim through it - especially church planters in suburbia! As I mentioned in the earlier two posts on this book, Twitchell, who does not claim to be a Christian (he's an "apatheist" in his own words) went to loads… Continue reading #1 Selling Beer, Rock Concerts, and Your Neighborhood McMegachurch

Marketing God in the Megachurch

Last week, I noted that I'm reading James Twitchell's Shopping for God(New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007).  Twitchell describes himself as a "cold Christian," or better yet, an "apatheist" (p.33).  As a review, this book is Twitchell's comparison of megachurches to marketing strategies.  He calls megachurch pastors "pastorpreneurs" of "McChurch."  Here are a few more snippets. "...A case could… Continue reading Marketing God in the Megachurch

Lloyd-Jones on the Church

Lloyd-Jones is my hero. "I would lay it down as a basic proposition that the primary task of the Church is not to educate man, is not to heal him physically or psychologically, it is not to make him happy.  I will go further; it is not even to make him good.  These are things… Continue reading Lloyd-Jones on the Church

The Church in the World: A Fifth Wheel?

I'm no Barthian nor the son of a Barthian, but I do appreciate some aspects of Barth.  Take this following quote, for example.  Here he is bold: he states what the church cannot do and why she must not do it.  This is helpful, in my opinion, as we consider the role of the church… Continue reading The Church in the World: A Fifth Wheel?