To even a casual outside observer it would appear that the latest fad to sweep through the Christian church centers around Leadership. One may argue that this insatiable lust for leadership principles borders on idoltry. Here's just a sampling of this year's "Christian" Leadership conferences. Ironically, the "leadership model" taught at these conferences is not the servant leadership that Jesus modeled and taught (John 13:1-11). Instead, these conferences teach the exact same leadership model used by Fortune 500 Corporate CEOs and businesses. This Wall street business model is a top down, vision casting, innovation requiring, absolute loyalty insisting, accountability dodging, and obedience demanding leadership model. This is also the leadership model used by corrupt kings, Popes, Caesars and narcissistic empire builders. Hmmmm.
Too bad the pastors who attend and put on these conferences don't focus as much energy on rightly handling God'd word and preaching and proclaiming Christ-Centered and Cross-Focused sound doctrine. In fact, many of them are experts in leadership and utter neophytes and nincompoops when it comes to properly teaching the scriptures.
Since, when did Christianity become a "do it yourself" religion? Are you worried you won't be able to do what God requires. Don't worry, apparently the Holy Spirit is hovering around just waiting to assist you. (BTW, this is NOT what the Bible teaches. Christianity is not a do it yourself religion. It's all been done FOR you by Jesus Christ.)
This fine piece of metallic craftsmanship is not only the perfect Father's Day gift for your Christian Dad. But, it is also a witnessing tool. Yep, hidden somewhere on this grill is Ecclesiastes 10:19. Just imagine how many times you'll get to share your faith as a result of this clever "Christian" gift.
Kerry Shook, Purpose-Driven icon, and ringmaster at Fellowship of the Woodlands Church Circus recently sent out an email to the members of his congregation big top that read:
Faith is like a trapeze act: you've got to let go of what you've got in order to take hold of what you have not! To help me illustrate this in my message of faith I've asked the Wallenda-Cortes Team to join us this weekend...This weekend the Flying Wallenda and Cortes family are returning but this time on the trapeze! That's right. We are setting up a flying trapeze at church!
In addition, there will be inflatables for the kids and plenty of food vendors available for the whole family.
Ooooh aaaah. We're sure that this circus performance will be a delight to children of all ages. Too bad Jesus Christ and sound edifying Biblical doctrine taught via an expository Bible sermon didn't make the marquee. But then again you can't expect to grow a church nowadays by preaching Christ and Him Crucified for Our Sins. Yuck who wants to hear about that when you can have a circus at church instead?