Thursday, August 31, 2006

Faithful Worship or Movie-Going?

Guide for the Cineplexed

John Parker in the July/August issue of Touchstone Magazine shows the dangers of the "Market-Driven Church." He compares the market-driven church to a multiplex cinema trying to meet the needs of many different kinds of movie-goers.

The Church, with its one message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, cannot afford to be sidetracked by the sinful market forces of our age. However, we do have a responsibility to be able to meet people where they are. Paul shares a similar concern in 1 Corinthians 9:20-22.

Parker states that the worship service is for the believer. Market-driven churches practice the idea that worship is for the unbeliever or seeker. Is there a way to strike a balance between these two thoughts and remain true to Christ and His Word?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

American view of Christianity 5 years after 9/11

http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=244

The above link to recent Barna research shows that we Americans are just as religious now as we were before 9/11.

I remember 9/11 and the weeks afterward. Many Christian leaders, including myself, were hoping for a religious rebirth in our nation. I guess this study relegates our desires to simple dreams.

What do you think it will take for a rebirth of Christianity in our country? Or is a rebirth of Christianity merely a dream?

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