Uncool Cool (Cool Uncool)

The Wittenberg Door:

Are we uncool? We’re cool with that.

Originally posted on The Wittenberg Door:

“Small Churches are seldom smooth, corporate, institutional or cool. That may be one of the coolest things about them.”

Vaters, Karl (2013-01-02). The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us (Kindle Locations 2640-2641). NewSmallChurch.com. Kindle Edition.

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Death by Excellence

“When people say, “God deserves only the best,” are they paying attention to the list of disciples Jesus picked?”

Vaters, Karl (2013-01-02). The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us (Kindle Location 1391). NewSmallChurch.com. Kindle Edition.

Worship as a Spectator or as a Worshipper

“I’ve actually begun to distrust any church service that makes worship too easy for me. Worship should take some effort on my part, no matter who I am. No, I don’t want a church service that hinders my worship experience, but it should challenge us, shouldn’t it? I want to be a part of a worship experience that requires my participation rather than encouraging passivity.”

Vaters, Karl (2013-01-02). The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us (Kindle Locations 1351-1355). NewSmallChurch.com. Kindle Edition.

Is This Your Church?

“Very few pastors are actually called by God to work in large settings among wealthy people with huge, almost limitless resources. Most of us are asked to dig in with the poor and disheartened, with limited space, money and resources. That’s where Jesus and most of the early apostles spent the bulk of their time, so why should we expect different? According to the passage I just quoted, Paul had his share of both, and found that Christ gave him the strength to meet the challenges of each.”

Vaters, Karl (2013-01-02). The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us (Kindle Locations 1614-1617). NewSmallChurch.com. Kindle Edition.

Turning Back the Blessing: Abortion and the Command to Fill the Earth.

September 13th, 2014 was, in some places, the National Day of National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. The “It’s just as tissue” and “blob of flesh” arguments of the early pro-abortion movement have rightly been exposed as the lies they are.

What abortion (and, by logical extension, euthanasia) does is return the Blessing of God back unopened. Genesis 8:20-9:17. See you tomorrow. If you want to hear the message, you can download it here later this week.

Worship Together as a Family this Sunday!

The Children’s Church movement, which sees children separated from their families for the entire worship service has some unintended consequences here.

More resources on this subject can be found at the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches.

Worship together as a family this Sunday!

Just Stop. It’s Not Helping.

Excellent article yesterday from the New Small Church blog. Taking a look at the if-you-only-did-it-our-way types of articles and blog posts, Karl Vaters deflates the idea that the problem is always with the pettiness or poor attitude (faithlessness) of small church leadership. Now that we’ve seen the process of church cannibalism, and how the mega church is a type of  cruise ship.

The problem with many church leadership and church growth blogs is that they only offer up discouragement to the very leaders they purport to correct. After reading many  of these myself, the message is, “The problem is YOU. If you really cared, you’d do it right, or get out of the way.”

In the Restoration Movement, we seem to be much less Biblically (ironically) and theologically aware of our fascination with technique and pragmatism, Method is more than ever left unquestioned if it “works.” And what “works,” can often be reduced to people in the seats and funds flowing in, with less concern for what is happening spiritually to congregants. I can only hope the NACC is listening.