Subverting the Norm – Alternative Voices, Part the First

Speaking into echo chambers is not the purview of one group as opposed to another. Recognition of this malady is a good first step. But, until we enter another’s echo chamber ready to listen, we simply continue to draw unhelpful conclusions.

I have long believed this to be true. Then I read a few who were expressing the same sentiment from enclaves with which I am more familiar. For instance, J.D. Greear announced an event at Summit Church where he pastors with a post on his website titled, “Choosing between Christian podcast popularity and effectively reaching your community?” He opens the post with the following,

I recently heard an insightful statement about preaching, “Your sermons will end up sounding like whoever you talked to that week.” Who you hang out with, who you read, the questions you have–they end up subconsciously crafting the questions you deal with in a sermon. If you spend all your week with other pastors and other Christians then your sermons end up being geared toward both of those groups. Many of the speakers I enjoy listening to sound like they have spent all week talking with people like me, which is probably why I like them, because they address my questions.

Preaching that way makes you popular in the Christian subculture, but does little to engage a lost world, who ask different questions. Being popular on the Christian podcast circuit and effective at reaching your city are not always the same goal.

He then goes on to introduce Steven Furtick of the 24 hour “preachathon” not promoting his new book. The irony was palpable. Read More

Thoughts from The Edge … Church As Missionary

Our pattern is to offer a reflection on the Lectionary text for the coming Sunday. Today I offer some brief thougths about our weekend event, The Church As Missioanry. If you are in the area you are invited to come. You will find a schedule on the Snow Hill website – www.snowhill.org.

Counter to Current Church Culture Trends

My friend, Ernest, over at Missions Misunderstood weighs in on the new trend toward “multi-site” churches. I found his missiological perspective to represent a “counter-cultural” move with regard to church culture.

What do you think?