- How to Shrink Your Church. Some powerful thoughts on how sentimentalism and pragmatism are destroying the church: ”The church’s job is not to grow — not even to survive. The church’s job is to die — continually — on behalf of the world, believing that with every death there is a resurrection. God’s part is to grow whatever God wishes to grow. Growing a church isn’t hard … being faithful as the church, that’s a different story.”
- Ed Stetzer summarizes some interesting new research on megachurches.. And 91% of church will be open on Christmas day this year.
- Why We Need More ‘Chaplains” and Fewer Leaders: “So who told us that the pastor is primarily a leader/entrepreneur/change agent and anything but a curer of souls? And why do we believe them?”
- The Best “Best of 2011” List So Far: This is the time of year that everyone comes out with their “Best of” lists for the year. Some of them are a waste of time. But others are quite interesting. Here are some of the better ones that I’ve seen so far.
- Word Made Flesh, Will Willimon: “This is the story we Christians name as “Incarnation.” It is a strange, inexplicable story that we happen to believe is true, the story that explains everything, the key to what’s going on between us and God. It is the story that we encounter each year at Advent, that season of reflection and penitence before Christmas.”
- The Sex Addiction Epidemic: Newsweek takes an interesting look at an important problem.
- Why I’m Okay with Church Failure. Good thoughts from Mary DeMuth critiquing the commonly accepted formula: “the simple formula is this: God leads + We obey = Outward success.”
About Marc Cortez
Theology Prof at Wheaton College, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.