Jimmy Humphrey makes a bold prediction for 2020: 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February and yours will too. He says it’s because people don’t understand human nature. I believe the desire to make resolutions stems from the same thing that makes religion popular. Continue reading
In 2008 I said the Problem with Religion is that it’s easier than following Jesus. Posting a list of rules or setting up a routine to stick to is often easier than imitating Christ. Jesus challenges us to love unconditionally, to love the unlovable, to consider others before ourselves, to act in humility, to seek God’s will about our own and all others for that matter, and the list goes on. “Keep these 10 commandments” is predictable; following Jesus is not. Your family at home and your boss at work probably appreciate rule following and predictability; acting Christ-like may not make friends and influence people. Continue reading
Shaun King resigned earlier this month from Courageous Church in Atlanta. Internet Monk has all the details here. In short, he realized after loosing a lot of members in his attempt to build disciples that what his congregation really wanted was the Sunday morning show. This got me thinking about what most Christians are looking for in a church.
King had followed all the advice given to him about building a congregation when starting a church. He now says that he sold his soul for attendance and never quite felt like he was able to get it back. He began preaching sermons and taking steps to get Courageous Church away from it’s Sunday morning focus and make the shift toward small groups, building disciples, and engaging the community. He lost 85% of his membership. Continue reading