One of our readers wonders why the modern church isn’t showing much success fulfilling its mission. He asks, have we:
- reduced true fellowship to filling auditorium seats?
- become more focused on gaining members than winning the lost?
- emphasized going to church, rather than being the Church?
- become overly concerned with buildings and salaries?
- promoted religion and call it Christianity?
We want to remind you brethren of the afflictions we endured….The burdens laid on us were great—so overwhelming, we despaired of life itself. (2 Cor 1:8).
Have you ever felt picked on? I mean have you ever come to the point where you believed life or God or the universe had it in for you? After surviving Stage IV cancer and a serious heart attack all in the same year, Matt, a good brother from church approached me.
“Wade,” he said, “Don’t feel you’re being picked on. It’s not so unusual for someone with cancer to then suffer a heart attack.” I felt comfort from Matt’s concern but also remembered Tevye’s comment when he felt picked on. In Fiddler on the Roof, he was complaining to God about all the troubles he and his fellow Jews suffered, “I know, I know. We are your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t you just choose someone else?”
After surviving cancer, then a serious heart attack, folks said there must be a reason I’m still here. Yes, and the reason is to Continue reading
Jesus said he has brought both fire and a sword. Of course his warfare is with spiritual powers, not governments, as the Jews wanted. Corporate prayer is like the oxygen that allows the fire to grow. CommUNITY and a spirit of brotherly love is the fuel that keeps it burning. But our warfare seems to be more with one another.
A House Divided. I have just read in a periodical how one segment of the church is publicly condemning Franklin Graham for a particular moral stand. Another group is publicly condemning Presbyterians for their beliefs. Who is right and who is wrong isn’t Continue reading
Although church involvement was once a cornerstone of American life, according to studies by the Barna Group, less than half of Americans now believe church has any relevance to their lives.
Future looks bleak. Millennials (those 30 and under) stand out as least likely to value church attendance; only two in 10 believe it is important. And more than one-third of Millennial young adults (35%) are anti-church. Many Continue reading
Here’s another fine mess God has brought me through.
Beginning last Thursday night, unknown to me, I was having a life-threatening heart attack. I was sure it was a GERD attack and denied pleas of friends and family to go to the hospital. Pain gradually increased Continue reading