The Church Today

Today, I want to give you four short things about the church which might be used in sermons:

The church should see itself not so much as a big tent, but as a grand parade.  (John Thomas)

The church is a little like Noah and the residents of the ark. It may be crowded and a little smelly inside, but it is better to be on board than not. (Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove)

Just when the church adopted a business model, the culture went looking for God. Just when the church embraced strategic planning (linear and Newtonian), the universe shifted to preparedness (loopy and quantum). Just when the church began building recreation centers, the culture began a search for sacred space. Church people still think that secularism holds sway and that people outside the church have trouble connecting to God. The problem is that when people come to church, expecting to find God, they often encounter a religious club holding a meeting where God is conspicuously absent. (Reggie McNeal)

These churches were discovering a new vitality and level of effectiveness as their congregations made the shift from “serve us” to “service.” (Eric Swanson)

Mark Krause
Nebraska Christian College

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