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Quotation of the Week

Rather than use a video feed for the many Mosaic campuses like most multi-site congregations who use a central pastor on video, Mosaic has opted for using speakers from individual sites. This allows many people to receive training in both sermon preparation & presentation. [emphasis added]

Imagine that. A really live preacher. In a real live location. Dang. What will they think of next?

From Bill Kinnon

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Sure, smaller churches will still exist, but in fewer and fewer numbers as dying churches are replaced not by vibrant church plants full of people forced to build a community from the ground up and so learn all the lessons along the way, but by video venue franchises- prepackaged church-in-a-box. And I’m telling you- there will be fewer and fewer men and women (most certainly fewer women) who ever learn to preach, who ever get the experience of working with others to discern what God is saying to their local body through Spirit and Word and prayerfully struggle through how they can creatively communicate that as well over the course of weeks, months and years of life together.

From Bob Hyatt

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A number of pastors are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the amount of resources we pour into the weekly show. One remembered the solos of the minimally gifted “Aunt Jane” who – nevertheless – was powerful in her musical ministry because of the power of *her life.* But there is no way she would be ever singing in any attractional mega-church service. An appreciation of her public worship only came because of an appreciation of her life of worship.

From Out of Ur commenter, Stephen Shields, responding to a recent post by Dan Kimball.

Quotation of the Week: In honor of Black Friday

“The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in the wardrobe is the garment of the one who is naked; the shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.”

St. Basil the Great, from “The Call to Justice” by Dorothy Harris

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A lot of those babies folks work themselves into a tizzy to see born are put up for adoption, enter our foster system, or otherwise become neglected. It’s like most folks quit caring for them once they are here. If we’re to be true pro-lifers, we need to always be about the “least of these”, the poor, the exploited, the abused, the abandoned. For those focused on their Christian duty to have as many kids as possible, to “have a full quiver” as it were, if you have room in your quiver we need to be the first to be adopting babies.

From Maurice Broaddus

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No, Juan was not blaming his people for becoming beggars.  He was faulting the affluent, well-meaning U.S. church for its unexamined generosity.  His accusations, now pouring forth with considerable force, were directed at naïve “vacationaries” who spend millions of dollars traveling to his country, perform work that locals could better do for themselves, and create a welfare economy that deprives a people of the pride of their own accomplishments – all in the name of Christian service.  The unintended consequences of such mission work was undoing the very vision Juan had given his life to – helping his people emerge from poverty through training, entrepreneurship, saving and hard work.     

From Bob Lupton’s October issue of Urban Perspectives (the link above goes to the Urban Perspectives index, though it looks as if the October issue is not yet posted)

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Discussing a recent article published about the ministry of Anne Graham Lotz:

Twenty two of the article’s 27 paragraphs discuss her gender. Is she suited for a teaching ministry? What does her father think? How does she justify her work? And then, one more time, can a woman be suited for a teaching ministry? Do evangelicals’ eyes really go “ba-zoink-a-zoink” like cartoons when they hear of a woman teaching? It would seem so. It’s a point that cannot be part of the context — instead it sets the context for all else. Lotz herself points out that she doesn’t even have formal theological education, which is rarely mentioned as a criticism of her ministry. Only her gender, and that over and over.

Ultimately, says Lotz, “My daddy says that the only explanation for my ministry is the Holy Spirit. I agree.” That reminds me of a history paper I wrote 15 years ago (so this might not be very accurate). Didn’t John Wesley say of Phoebe Palmer, “The Holy Spirit owns her for the saving of souls, and who am I to forbid the Holy Spirit?” Something like that…

Two hundred years later we’re still respecting women’s giftedness only as an exception that falls straight from heaven…

From Jenell Williams Paris

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Then it hit me that stewardship is like sobriety: it’s a day-by-day decision to trust God. The alcoholic lets the conditions around him/her determine drinking: got fired? drink. Got a raise? drink. Feeling blue? drink. Feeling happy? drink. Bored? Yes, drink. Exhausted? drink. Sobriety is a choice a person makes for right now and today. Today I will not drink. Today I will not get drunk. Today with God’s help I will be sober. I have so many recovering friends who have taught me so much good theology in AA.

Stewardship works the same way. For those prone to not give, to not be generous, everything is a reason to not give. Got a raise? hold on to it. Got fired? hold on to what you have. Like the church? hold on to it. Dislike the sermon/music/youth program/etc. hold your money back till they perform better. If the markets are uncertain? better not give till things even out. If the markets are performing? Hold on to your money till they top out.

From Don Johnson