Monday, April 06, 2009


I was reading through my bloglines the other day. I ran across these two articles. I put the two together, and want you to ponder the two as well. We need church to be attractive, and we need life to be lived in reality and with relationship as the key.

Would You Put Your Pastor in a Box?

(Filed under: Evangelism & Outreach)

One church would, and they're even aiming two. In a David Blaine-esque stunt, they've promised to suspend their pastor in a box for three days if 4,000 people show up on Easter.

You can visit the site, but there's not much more to say about it other than that.

This type of marketing doesn't sit exceptionally well with me. It communicates that you should go to whichever church will pull the biggest stunt, and it creates a pressure for one-upping other antics. One youth pastor will drink a cheeseburger that has been run through the juicer, but the other will shave his head.

I realize we should be willing to go as far as necessary to make disciples, I just don't think I'm convinced that these sorts of stunts are a good way to do that.

“We have turned churches into 'vendors of religious services and goods' where people shop for worship, instead of 'a body of people on a mission'. People choose a church by what makes them feel good, instead of belonging to a community in which God will kill us, and then raises us up into the new life of obedience!”



At April 06, 2009, Anonymous David Youngdale said...

There are no need for "gimmicks"; these kind of "clever" ideas were never what God had in mind. There is no need for stupid stunts. Even the unregenerate mind will see through all these things and laugh them off. What people want to hear is that GOD IS NOT ANGRY WITH THEM. And this is from 2Corin.5:19- "To wit (or to know), that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing (i.e., not counting up and holding men's trespasses (sins) against them), but CANCELLING them, and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Because of the finished work of Christ at Calvary, God the Father has no reason to be "mad" or angry at the "sinner" today. In legal terms, everyone's sins have been forgiven and remitted because of what Jesus did for them. Every individual needs to comprehend this wonderful fact and recieve it into their lives. As one certain preacher put it-"there is no sin problem in the world today; there is a sinner problem."


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