Quotation of the Week (two for the price of one)

What should we get out of worship? Wrong question. Worship is not a utility but an offering, i.e. a sacrifice, an economy of grace that interrupts and critiques the feverish cycles of production and consumption – which is why the collection is not fund-raising but cultural critique. If you want relevance, excitement, or profit, go to a rally, a concert, or the stock exchange. To put it most counter-culturally: Blessed are the bored, for they will see God.

From Kim Fabricious via J.R. Woodward


It is our desire not to merely have a church service, but to create an experience through song, video, messages, and any other tools the Holy Spirit might place in front of us. Sure, we’ve been accused of entertaining people, but I would much rather entertain people than bore them. Jesus didn’t mind creating experiences, and His church shouldn’t either.

We are serious about making Jesus’ name famous, and that just can’t happen when church is boring. I believe a boring church is a sin! So, we are going to always do all we can to make sure that when a person attends our church on Sunday that it is one of the best hours of their week. I believe people should look forward more to church than 24, Lost, or American Idol.

From Perry Noble at Out of Ur


  1. Erika, these two quotes in the same post really exposes the consumptive and market driven trap that so many churches are caught in. the second quote generated quite a stir in the blog world. Bill Kinnon has posted a response and begun a conversation with Perry Noble about the nature of Church and exactly what may be unbiblical about that approach. If you haven;t already read it, the link is here: http://www.kinnon.tv/2006/12/church_of_the_l.html

  2. Picked up your blog through Tyler’s site.

    Very encouraging.

    Glad you’re doing development for SP.

    Why aren’t you writing books?

  3. Hey Tom,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I’d love to be writing more, and it is one of my dreams to write books. I’m just not sure how to make that leap, I suppose. It’s come up more lately, so perhaps there will be some movement in that direction.

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