Church growth: God gets an ‘F’

There’s an idea floating around the Army—and the wider church—that says that if churches aren’t growing the pastor needs to be replaced. I like to call this ‘oikonomic rationalism’—don’t worry if you don’t get the joke! Tom in the Box is a parody site that likes to poke a bit of fun at trends inContinue reading “Church growth: God gets an ‘F’”

Scattered around the blogosphere…

Here are a few links I’ve been meaning to post but haven’t. Enjoy! Keith Giles asks why Christians seem to prefer the wrtings of Paul to the sayings of Jesus. I’ve spent a fair bit of time in the Gospels lately, and I’m amazed at how much of Jesus’ teaching I didn’t know. The nakedContinue reading “Scattered around the blogosphere…”

Rethinking church leadership

I came across two articles lately at the excellent Out of Ur blog. The first looks at the ways churches get around the logistical problems of teaching larger and larger congregations. One of the popular ways is to set up congregations at different sites and stream the sermon/service/lecture/whatever in by video. This is being trialledContinue reading “Rethinking church leadership”

A New Christian Manifesto

Obery Hendricks has a fantastic post up over at God’s Politics called A New Christian Manifesto. It’s American, but it succinctly wraps up a lot of what I think the Church in Australia should really be on about. Jesus did not establish bureaucratic institutions, weekly social gatherings, or houses of religious entertainment. He started aContinue reading “A New Christian Manifesto”