A poem written by Jefferson Bethke & video produced by Matt Robertson to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification.
Churches with rocky ground cannot complain when 20% is carrying 80%. Look at your values. Look at the comfort of your people. Look at how you allocate your resources.
Undoubtedly, you have heard someone, somewhere say, “I don’t care what you believe …” or maybe, “We just need to coexist.” Those conclusions are usually offered by non-Christians or those that hold faith and Scripture loosely.
Many churches really don’t consider their logo or brand as something worth spending time on. And even fewer still have or use any design standards or guides. But, I would argue that branding and style guides are a critical piece in communicating not only the mission and vision of your church, but also advocating for [...]
Facebook – by far America’s biggest time-suck and acceptable addiction – is something I’m giving up for Advent this year. As an advocate for increased use of social media strategy and tactics within the church this might seem counterproductive, but, for me it’s necessary and critical to my mental health.
An effective church is one that not only rallies constantly around a focused mission but also pursues the fight in a way that is noticed.
As we remember Steve Jobs this morning for his contributions to the world I can’t help but feel that something huge is missing. Did Jobs waste his life? Now, this question might seem tasteless and completely absurd in light of his accomplishments. I use and love many of the gadgets Apple created and am not trying to say they aren’t important or valuable to society as a whole. What I am trying to say is that in the Kingdom-minded perspective of eternity my iPhone & Macbook Pro mean absolutely nothing.
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.