Posts Tagged ‘Other Churches’

Churches and the End of Geography

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Some thoughts from author Seth Godin …

Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years:

Air conditioning–which made it possible to do productive work in any climate

Credit cards–which enabled transactions to take place at a distance

Television–which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few

Federal Express and container ships–which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap

The internet–which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room

Cell phones–which cut the wires

If you’re still betting on geography, on winning merely because you’re local, I hope you have a special case in mind.

It is hard to argue with Seth’s observations.  Churches need to be aware. We are intensely local bodies.  But that definition of “local” is changing rapidly and maybe irrevocably.   We are centered in Pennsylvania. And when I talk to those in Florida, they just don’t seem that far away.


In your head and you are dead

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Posted on Facebook:
Reading this morning about the dangers of when a church becomes solely about intellectual belief vs. life. Wish I had read it last week and I could have used in Alcatraz I!

This is where I would have tied it in. In the bible passage we looked at Jesus warned this disciples they would be bound over to the synagogues. That pictures in our life, as we move forward, we will have to face a concept of “church” in which the ceremony, the belief, the intellectual construct takes precedence over life, service – love.

Easy to place that battle “out there” but God is always kind enough to remind us that the real battle is “in here.” If we use teachings like this to divide churches that “get it” from churches that don’t, we have fallen into the trap of dualistic thinking – one where our belief supersedes that of another!

My battle starts with knowing that we are on a great path with NewChurch LIVE, a path I love. That can lead to a form of judgmental-ism that holds other churches in low esteem. The result? Blindness to their heart, their love, their needs.  In trying to do it differently, I can fall back to doing it the same.