Sick churches become dying churches. Dying churches become closed churches. Those statements are factual unless some type of change or intervention takes place. But intervention or change is unlikely unless the church recognizes that it is sick.
Have you heard of the Billy Graham rule? It states that men should never have a one-on-one meeting with a woman who isn’t his wife. This rule recently came into the public eye when the Washington Post reported that Vice President Mike Pence “never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.”
Every time I visited my grandfather in the senior apartments when I was a child, I’d have to find things to play with. He had a candy jar full of coins, thousands of toothpicks taken from various restaurants, and other things I thought were strange.
The most noble thing is life. There is nothing more precious than life. It is truly amazing that a life is born. One life contains infinite potential. It’s like a big tree in a small seed. It is like having a huge forest in a small seed. All huge forests started with small seeds.
I heard there is a temperature in our language. In Ki Ju Lee’s book, The Temperature of Language, there is a story of a doctor who is taking care of patients. When addressing them, the doctor does not call them by saying, ‘patient’ or ‘sir’ to address the elderly. Rather, the doctor says, ‘Chief Kim’ or ‘Madame Park’.
Why are our churches less evangelistic today? That question could be answered from a number of perspectives. But one of the key explanations is simply an attitude problem. There are several dangerous and debilitating attitudes in churches that are killing evangelism. Here are six of them
I am not a poet. I have a wish to write poetry but it is not easy to write poetry. Although I am not a poet, I am interested in poetry. It is because I envy poets’ hearts and eyes. Poets see, more precisely, what we cannot see, and describes what we do not see well.
If I were to ask those that lived in the golden age of the Gospel message what true virtue was, the majority would say evangelizing. The motto of ‘Pray when together, evangelize when dispersed’ is still freshly beating against my eardrum, but I cannot help but feel that a sense of complacency exists as these aggressive terminologies get replaced by passive ones.
The Bible is not abundantly clear on how deacon roles should be carried out practically day-by-day. I have enjoyed interacting with hundreds of pastors who have shared with me how their church’s deacon ministry plays out. Here are four of the more common themes.
I have learned the secrets of biblical prosperity in repetition through the meditations of the Word. God commanded Joshua to meditate on the Word day and night.
The Internet has certainly brought us incredible ways to do commerce, to get information, and to communicate. But it has an ugly and evil side to it as well. It allows cowardly critics to hide behind a keyboard and cut people to the core through blogs, social media, and email. So how do we respond when we get a hurtful email?
Jesus wants us to be a faithful and wise worker. God entrusts each of us with a precious task. God is glorified through what He has entrusted to us. Jesus said, “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” (Jn 17:4). Workers work.
About 20 years ago, a church member was considered active in the church if he or she attended three times a week. Today, a church member is considered active in the church if he or she attends three times a month. Something is wrong with this picture. For 2,000 years, the local church, as messy as it is, has been God’s place for believers to gather, worship, minister, and be accountable to one another.
An encounter with someone is a mystery. Also an encounter is an event of grace. Our lives are enriched through encounters. A new encounter opens up a new world.
What are some of the major changes that have taken place in congregations that are doing relatively well? What are some of the ways these congregations have adapted to new realities? Here is a hint: None of the changes in healthy churches have compromised doctrine, diminished the centrality of preaching, or abandoned sharing the gospel.