Video killed the pulpiteer

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Steve McCoy hit a nerve in his post about “video preaching,” the new ‘trend’ of feeding sermons through a video link to remote locations, instead of having live preaching or starting a new church. His commenters bring up many interesting points, including the possibility of franchised churches — Second Baptist Church of Houston of Springfield,… Read more »

Reselling (on) Purpose?

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There’s been a debate in several places about sermon plagiarism. I guess I don’t mind that some pastors re-preach* Rick Warren’s old sermons (again [RW: 1995], and again [RW: 1993)], and again [RW: 1989!]). Rick apparently enourages a little ‘plagiarism’ now and again. But I think some pastors forget that their tape and broadcast ministries… Read more »

More sad news.

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Adrian Rogers: September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005. A truly great Baptist figure and large church leader with a pastor’s heart. More at adrianrogers.org

Good Ideas

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A theme I’ve been hitting lately is that it’s dangerous to take good ideas, and try to turn them into God’s ideas. Challies’ has a few examples of “exegetical fallacies” worth noting. The first one he lists, Proverbs 29:18, strikes me as a dangerous method of sanctifying the imagination, when it seems to mean something…

RIP Peter Drucker

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Peter Drucker, the ‘father of modern management,’ died yesterday. More than just a management consultant, Drucker spoke out strongly on the need for non-profits to be effective, and his theories highly influenced the Purpose Driven Church. His voice will be sorely missed. The NY Times obituary is here.

Trend Alert: Translations

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Has ‘The Message’ become a joke? A blogger trying to explain his take on Jesus, kids, sports and and ‘losers’ says: Before I talk about what Jesus thought about poor losers, let me say that I am pretty sure Jesus never told anybody to “put on their big girl panties and deal with it.” Not… Read more »

IWJO?

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Just in time for Christmas! What Would Jesus Do? I Watch Joel Osteen pins! HT:Challies.com

The Church after Enron.

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One of the ideas I’d like to unpack in this space: most of the ‘how to do church’ books that are popular today were written in the mid to late 1990s. Obviously, this includes “Purpose Driven,” but it also includes “Planting Growing Churches,” and a lot of the related how-to books.* Those books, in turn,… Read more »

Whaddya Know?

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I’ve heard more than one person say: “I don’t know enough to know whether Paul has done anything wrong, and I’m not doing anything until I do.” Paul reinforces the idea when he says that a coalition of people are upset for many reasons (over the KJV, or women in leadership), but that no one… Read more »