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
One way churches in the United States (and other Western cultures no doubt) mirror the consumer mindset is the emphasis on growth, speed, movement, newness, and the instant. Today churches advertise using words like these: on the move, dynamic, exploding, vibrant, fresh, growing, alive, pulsating, energetic, and so on. I appreciate how Adam McHugh criticizes… Continue reading The Busy, Extroverted, Moving Church
Though this book was penned in 1980, it still speaks volumes to our present "church" situation. William Willimon and Robert Wilson wrote it: Preaching and Worship in the Small Church (Nashville: Abingdon, 1980). Here are a few helpful quotes/comments. Some people "have a gnawing feeling that the small church is somehow second-rate and does not… Continue reading A Small Church: Maybe Not So Bad After All!
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
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