I don’t expect you to agree with everything this man says (I don’t) or even post it, but it does make one think. He is an atheist former evangelical pastor perhaps driven out by its utter shallowness.
This is great, I love it!
Call *me* Motorcycle Mama!
“Church for grown ups, that grow Christians up.” There’s a mission statement for you. It addresses many of the hidden challenges the church has today, our demograpics are aging baby-boomers who still want to be what they were 30+ years ago, gen X’rs who are trying to raise their children and have no examples of adulthood to follow; and 20 somethings who are postponing adulthood.
This isn’t exactly a complete list, and while the training wheels churches exist, they’re fewer and fewer. Most have learned from Willow Creek’s self-study that shallow drivel isn’t desirable, and deep substance is the new trend. Since I assume this one’s specifically targeting Lutherans, here’s a few more options: http://shepherdoftheridge.org/sites/default/files/by_Pastor%20Dale/Which-church-are-you.gif
Often, churches that think they are “The Real Deal” are more like the Penny Farthing, incomprehensible to even their longtime members, and those who, in 8th grade, didn’t listen to every word their pastor said (yes, such adolescents exist) have no idea what half of the service means. Most of those people aren’t reading Cyberbrethren, but they’re people who sit in our pews and need to hear and understand the Gospel. And we Lutherans tend to treat the hymn genre as if its an inspired genre like the King James Only folks do with a translation.
All 4 of those bikes exist. All 4 sometimes have the “Lutheran” label. But 2 are authentic, and 2 have little to do with the Reformation.
Great image… can I share?
@Adam Sure. Just attribute it to me so people know who to villify.
A minister I know once quoted a brother cleric who said, “We do it all backwards: we teach the children and play with the adults.”
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