Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Black Church, Inc. Review

Black Church, Inc. Review
        In July 2014, Moguldom Studios released a documentary entitled Black Church, Inc.  They advertise the film with this headline: Gone are the days of working class preachers who didn't expect financial gain in exchange for spiritual guidance. A new breed of pastors has emerged: the mega-pastor…one who aims to sell their religious brand and get rich off the gospel.” 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Are Potluck-Styled Fellowship Meals Biblically Sound

Are Potluck-Styled Fellowship Meals Biblically Sound?

Have fellowship meals lost their way?  Has the food become the focal point of the gathering instead of the fellowship with one another?  These are the questions we should ask as we consider the “fellowship” in a fellowship meal.  This is especially true if you have ever witnessed Christians bickering over food, hording food, coming early, getting multiple plates, and even taking home plates without first ensuring that everyone has been fed.  These behaviors are certainly indicators that the essence of what the fellowship meal should be about has been lost. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Seriously, Who Cares About Donald Sterling?

Seriously, Who Cares About Donald Sterling?

The problem with the outcry over Donald Sterling’s remarks it that it only further demonstrates how people have mistaken the difference between individual racism and systemic racism.  Individual racism is when some guy uses racial slurs or does something harmful to another race for no reason except the person’s ethnicity.  However, systemic racism or institutional racism is defined as “forms of racism which are structured into political and social institutions. It occurs when organizations, institutions or governments discriminate, either deliberately or indirectly, against certain groups of people to limit their rights.”[1]  Individual racism is a total distraction from the deep and tremendously more serious problem of systemic racism.  It would be great if the outcry over systemic racism was the same as the outcry over individual racism.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

You’re Not _______ Enough to Serve God Here?

You’re Not _______ Enough to Serve God Here?

We as Christians live in the world, but we are not of the world.  Many, many years ago when I worked as an audio engineer, it was all about whom you knew.  If you did not know the right person, and could not make the right connections, it would seriously inhibit your ability to find work.  This is an understandable dynamic in the world, but is it also understandable in the church?

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