Men are deeply offended by: 1) incompetence, 2) disorder and 3) inconsistency within their beloved institutions. They long for a fair, impartial judge who will set injustice right.
This week’s blog post is a brief video starring ten heads of garlic. I use them to illustrate Americans’ churchgoing habits, and why we must think outside the church-planting box if we’re going to reach and disciple the unchurched.
Why would we downplay the Bible’s teachings on sex when a rising tide of secular voices is beginning to join us?
It’s ridiculous to expect men to make disciples without training, equipping and support. Yet this is exactly what many preachers and men’s ministers tell their men to do.
Film is the new campfire. It’s the shared culture of young men. And it’s still one of the most powerful pathways into a man’s heart. Men who may be afraid of the Bible are perfectly comfortable discovering truth from the movies they already know.
It comes down to this: If you plant corn you’ll raise corn. If you plant beans you’ll raise beans. And if you plant a worship service, you’ll raise worshippers.
Should we organize Christians in an entirely different way so that disciple making becomes the norm? Put another way: is it possible to design a church where coaching is the primary function – not merely an add-on that relatively few people participate in?
What would a coaching-first church look like? Fortunately, there’s one recorded for us in the Gospel of Luke.
Ninety percent of U.S. men believe in God. Five out of six call themselves Christians. But only one of six can be found in church on a given Sunday. Maybe it’s time to build a different kind of church.
Have you ever noticed that Christians speak normally to one another, but when they speak to aloud to God they lapse into a strange language and tone? I call this “prayer-speak” and it’s epidemic in evangelical churches today.