Relevance

If you've been reading this blog for more than a year or two, you know I very much appreciate Os Guinness' books.  This one is no exception: Dining With the Devil: The Megachurch Movement Flirts with Modernity.  Though it is nearly 20 years old, it still speaks profoundly to the crisis in American Christianity -… Continue reading Relevance

The First Church of the Hermit Crab (Or: Don’t You Want A Full Church?)

This is quite the book: Losing Our Virtue by David Wells.  In it, he explains how many aspects of modernity and postmodernity have crept into the church to the point where any talk about sin is avoided and talk about self is central.  From watered down emotional praise songs to therapeutic sermons to the loss… Continue reading The First Church of the Hermit Crab (Or: Don’t You Want A Full Church?)

Church as Business (Driscoll)

 "The assumption that everyone is a customer to be marketed to is a great pitfall for those who proclaim the gospel, because we tend to cast God as a product, and as mainstream a product as possible.  After all, scriptural teaching about the curse, death as the wages of sin, the flooding of the earth,… Continue reading Church as Business (Driscoll)

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