Every week, it seems like some fringe element of Protestantism is grabbing the spotlight and using it to do damage to the message of peace, forgiveness and love that is the Gospel. Somehow, the likes of Jim Jones, Harold Camping and Westboro Baptist Church have become the spokespeople for Christianity.
Over the years I have come to respect several things about the Mormon church as an organization and community. These characteristics are things I think the Christian church in America needs to take notes on.
To the outside world, leaders who suffer from ACCUS are sanctimonious dorks who no one likes to be around. Interactions with them feel like taking Star Wars Kid to prom. They are dismissed with smiles and nods but are completely oblivious to it.
As a leader, you own what goes on in your ministry or organization. If “mis-communication” happens, you are the only one who can fix it and prevent it from happening again. Simply giving it a broad label does nothing but invites dysfunction in for a second date.
At 30 years old, I am just now understanding something that was fed to me with animal crackers and fruit punch since I was 5 years old in Sunday School. God loves me. Completely, totally, unconditionally loves me. I don’t have to act a certain way, I don’t need to perform a certain way. There is nothing I can do that will make Him love me any less.
New Year’s resolutions are so trendy that intentionally not doing them to make a statement has become trendy itself. That puts us back at square one, and so here we are making resolutions.
There is a big difference between being a worship cover band and a worship band who plays modern worship tunes with their own creative spin on them. I prefer the second one and here are four reasons why you should too.
We love the real Reason for Christmas here at Stc, but we also get pretty geeked up for the other ones too. Cold weather, great food and gifts are just a few things we love about this time of year but the volumes of excellent Christmas films out there tie everything together.