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Is it me or does Lady Gaga’s song, “Born This Way,” make absolutely no sense?
I like Dunkin’ Donuts. I love Starbucks.
I’m brainstorming, “NOVA’s Largest Easter Event.” What do you think about a skydiving Easter bunny?
Did anyone else notice how freaking awesome the weather was today (at least in NOVA)? Heaven will be like today, only every day.
I wish I could afford to fly to Japan.
My legs still hurt from a leg workout I did on Tuesday. Guess it’s been a while since my legs were forced to lift some weight. I’d like to thank my brother-in-law, Josh, for nothing. Nothing but pain.
Today was a long day. Dropped my sister and her husband off at the airport first thing in the morning. An hour and a half in DC traffic, followed by an hour in DC traffic to get to work. Two meetings (which were both good) followed. Knocked out a couple projects at the office. Headed home. Hung out outside for a while because as I stated earlier, the weather was freaking awesome today. God descended on North Virginia in 70 degrees, a slight breeze and a lot of sun. Grilled some burgers for dinner. Now, off to hang with some guys and watch some March Madness.
Nothing much spiritual here today, only a small glimpse into the wheels turning in my head as I went through the day.
I am constantly on the hunt for good books to read. Most of the books I read have to do with church work, leadership and how it relates to the culture. I want to know what you read. Who is your favorite author? What type of books are your favorite? Read a good book lately? Tell me about it in a comment and I’ll go check it out.
A few years back a young family was visiting our church on a Sunday morning. I was pleasantly surprised to see who it was. I was very excited that they had stopped by to check out the church. After the service I made my way to them with the intention of making contact with them and letting them know how excited I was to see them. This person had very good connections within the school system and I could see some amazing things happening through this family. As I talked with them more, the husband said to me, “Yeah, we’re just church shopping.” I think I saw them maybe once more after that. Our church just didn’t have the right product for them.
Consider our consumer mindset coupled with our entitlement mindset. We are a culture that wants everything, as soon as it comes out all while we think that we are entitled to it. Unfortunately, this consumer mentality comes with the “consumer” into the church. When I drive a main road through Springfield, I can see many choices for where my money can be well spent. All these businesses pay big bucks to advertise and tell me something I need, even though for nearly 30 years I have survived without it. Now all of a sudden, for $300 (or whatever) my life will be completely different if I buy their product. Then another company tells me I can get the same thing for $290 at their company, all feeding the consumer mentality. If I can’t find what I need at Dick’s Sports, I can visit the Sports Authority. Not there either? I can hit Target. They have everything.
My point is, many people aren’t searching for a church home to find a place where they can best be plugged in and help serve. They aren’t even necessarily looking for a church home that teaches Scripture. They are looking for a place that will serve them and provides for all of their needs. If they can find that place, well then they can just sit back comfortably in the pew and have their feet washed without the fear of ever having to carry a cross. This brings up the question in my mind; what is the #1 thing you look for in a church home?
Is it tangible or intangible? Can you smell, touch or feel it? Are you shopping for a church with people just like you so that you can fit in comfortably? Is it the church with the most ministry opportunities so you can be served more? Is it a church with a vibrant children’s ministry, powerful worship music, emotional speaking and teaching? What are you shopping for in a church? And better yet, what will you do when the church takes that product away and replaces it with another? So, what are you shopping for? What’s the #1 thing that will establish you in a church home?
Looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments on this one.