Here's the old thought that was confirmed in a new way in this passage: today's churches are too often willing to sacrifice community for "the ministry." The modern American church is gifted, no doubt, but we're not good at relationships. We are in danger of spending lots of time and effort creating and designing programs that run well leaving little time or energy to disciple people who relate well. But no matter how "quality" the ministry is, if the quality of our relationships with one another is weak, the "ministry" will eventually collapse or cave in.
A refreshing challenge for men from Tullian Tchividjian: The best way to tell how well the Gospel is gaining traction in a local church is the kind of men it produces. So here are some questions I asked myself this morning before God and I’m asking you to do the same: Do you rejoice in … Continue reading Becoming “Gospel-Men”
Someone commits suicide every eighteen minutes in the United States. While the suicide rate for middle-aged people has declined steeply since 1950, the suicide rate for young people has more than doubled . . . the suicide rate for children under 14 has doubled just since 1980. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for … Continue reading The Age of Anxiety – Generation Me 4
"...how we get along with one another is the most persuasive evidence the Holy Spirit has to work with as He draws people to Jesus." ~ Larry Crabb, Real Church