Macroeconomics and the church.

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Bart Barber’s excellent post on “a bloated Baptist bureaucracy we could do without” bumps against an issue that isn’t  discussed much:  are American churches, like other American institutions, locked into more programs, real estate and employees that they can really afford? We easily talk about our American problem with spending.   For most Americans,  inflation-adjusted wages… Read more »

Your ‘church of the future’ is already uncool

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FYI: the hipsters are already hating on your church of the future. I spent far too much time laughing at http://www.stuffchristianculturelikes.com/ and http://stufffchristianslike.blogspot.com/ this week. But only after the sting wore off.   Jumbotrons?  Leading worship barefoot? Coffeehouses? Bono?   That stuff signaled a quality church in 1999, when I was in college. And Twitter?  Apparently,… Read more »

Rick Warren on Congregational democracy

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Do congregations make good decisions?   Rick Warren says, no, we’ve just imposed American democracy on church: “what do the words committees, elections, majority rule, boards, board members, parliamentary procedures, voting, and vote have in common?  None of these words are found in the New Testament! We have imposed an American form of government on… Read more »

Do congregations make good decisions?

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Toward a Great Commission Resurgence identifies six “distinctives” of Baptist churches :  regenerate church membership, believer’s baptism by immersion, the priesthood of all believers, congregational church polity, local church autonomy, and liberty of conscience. One of these, I note, is almost never debated in Convention life.   “Your church membership is unregenerate” is a real insult. … Read more »

Church Franchising: Inspired by Starbucks.

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The Wall Street Journal has this interesting article about church “franchises,” based on “brand” models — the pastor is at one location, and appears at the franchises through DVD or video-link.    The focus of the article is Flamingo Road Church, in Florida (f/k/a Flamingo Road Baptist Church), “loosely affiliated with the Baptists.”  Flamingo Road hopes… Read more »

Stewardship weak.

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A new study finds that $40 billion is being stolen from charities each year, on the order of 13%. Most likely culprit? “A female employee with no criminal record who earned less than $50,000 a year.” On average, she steals less than $40,ooo. The most costly embezzler? Male executives earning $100,000 to $149,000 a year…. Read more »

Praying for Caelan Cross

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Caelan Cross, son of SBC-blogger Alan Cross, will be having a lymph biopsy this week. Please pray that it is not a return of cancer. More here. Update: Cancer free!  Hallelujah!

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Just what Baptists have always suspected:  dancing in the church causes big problems.  Like radical Islam.     From Mark Steyn, in the Wall Street Journal. A few decades back, a young middle-class Egyptian spending some time in the U.S. had the misfortune to be invited to a dance one weekend and was horrified at what… Read more »

The Golden Compass…

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I’m used to a fair amount of e-mail paranoia. The next great computer virus is coming. Madeline Murray O’Hare is back from the dead. Proctor and Gamble’s got a satanist logo. But then I go to Snopes.com, and it’s always wrong, wrong, wrong. So, I expected the same with this: “There will be a new… Read more »

Trends for 2007: Transparency

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An interesting trend: people are demanding more transparency from those they do business with. http://www.trendwatching.com/trends/transparency.htm “Leave it to an ever growing number of whistleblower sites, leaked emails, activist portals and disgruntled consumers to name and shame corporations for stupid, unlawful, unclean, greedy, unethical, despicable behavior.” The rising generation expect more and more transparency from those… Read more »