How Millennials and Emergents and Seekers Can Know When to Leave A Church not Up to Their ‘Standards’

1.) The full-service cafe discontinues your favorite seasonal drink. If winter rolls around and the coffee shop in the foyer decides not to run its usual peppermint mocha promotional, it’s time to start Googling “good churches in my area.” It’s a sure sign that the church has abandoned the faith once delivered to the saints. (This should go without saying, but if your church doesn’t have a full-service coffee shop, its lampstand has been removed long ago).

2.) The church fails to immediately respond to your weekly helpful comment card feedback. When you say “jump,” your church should say “how high?” You pay their salaries after all—meaning they work for you. Pastors that don’t immediately make major changes to the worship experience, their preaching style, the decor of the building, or the genres of music on offer based on the fifteen helpful comment cards you turn in each week are not expressing love for the brethren, which may indicate they’re not saved at all.

3.) Someone expresses concern that you missed the last eighteen services. A church that shows interest in regular church membership is like a creepy ex-girlfriend that can’t let go. Can you say “red flag?” Run, don’t walk, away from this aberrant and apostate congregation.

4.) The men’s retreat features fewer than twenty fully automatic rifles. There’s nothing more disappointing than gearing up for your church’s annual men’s retreat only to discover it’s nothing more than a couple days of Bible teaching, prayer, and fellowship. In fact, Jesus Himself rebuked the church at Laodicea for being lukewarm, which scholars believe indicates their men’s ministry never once went on a week-long hunting expedition in the Yukon. (Women, substitute “fully automatic rifles” with “crafting tables.”)

5.) The pastor faithfully preaches the Bible on a weekly basis. Pastors who keep sticking to the same faithful presentation of the Word of God each week lack imagination, honestly. How can your church be a fun, exciting place with engaging programs and appealing special events if the pastor guy keeps rambling on about sin, repentance, and new life in Christ, while systematically preaching and teaching the Scriptures? Think about it.

Remember, this isn’t an exhaustive list—there are hundreds of thousands of legitimate reasons for leaving a church, especially if the pastor isn’t making a concerted effort to appease your every whim and earn your business. But if your church lines up with any of the above points, there’s a really good chance it is time for you to move on.

Remember, snowflakes, it’s all about your ‘felt needs’ and never about God.

Besides Cancelling Worship Services on Christmas, When Else Can the Uncommitted Usurp God’s Right?

A List for Millennials and Gen X-ers Who Wish To Assert Their Superiority To God And Ensure that the Day Of Worship is about them and Not God

  • Christmas
  • Super Bowl Sunday
  • Halloween
  • Easter
  • Bird Day
  • Bean Day
  • National Rubber Duckie Day
  • Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • Hula in the Cola Day
  • National Plum Pudding Day
  • Sunday

In sum, the uncommitted will find any excuse at all to abandon worship, in spite of the fact that Scripture adjures us not to forsake the assembly of the community of believers.  But of course the uncommitted know nothing of Scripture and care to know nothing of it.  Their ‘god’ is self and their Scripture is the fartings of their own stench filled minds.

Read the Bible Through in 2017

52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

I recommend reading the OT portions in Hebrew and the NT portions in Greek, to keep your skills sharp.  It’s an investment in time and effort that will pay huge dividends.

Remembering Leonard Goppelt

GoppeltGoppelt passed away on the 21st of December in 1973 after a productive life of biblical scholarship. He left behind a legacy of learning and several generations of grateful students.

Probably best known for his New Testament Theology (in two volumes) in my mind his greatest work is this amazingly groundbreaking Typos. He also wrote commentaries (as one must if one is a scholar of the Bible) and many studies.

There are other posts concerning him here which you may find engaging.

Might I suggest that if you aren’t very familiar with him and his work, you take a little time to become so. I assure you, he has much to tell you.

The Burial of Katie Luther

lutherDecember 21, 1552: Katie Luther was buried at the City Church (St. Mary’s) in Torgau, Germany. Between the plague spreading through the area and the Emperor waging war against the German princes, it was not considered safe to return Katie’s body to Wittenberg to be buried next to Martin’s.

Torgau had become the home away from home for Wittenberg University during the war. Therefore, many of Martin and Katie’s closest friends were able to attend the funeral. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Paul Eber, invited the university students to attend the service. At 3:00 in the afternoon, they gathered at the house where Katie had died and lined the route from the house to the church.

A life-sized plaque depicting Katie was soon erected in the church. The plaque includes both the von Bora coat of arms and Luther’s seal. It’s inscription reads: “On December 21, 1552, Dr. Martinus Luther’s blessed surviving widow, Katherina von Bora, died blissfully here at Torgau.”

This picture of Katie Luther’s memorial plaque is by Andreas Praefcke on Wikimedia Commons.

-Rebecca DeGarmeaux (on FB)

For the Church History Folk

97889Storing, Archiving, Organizing: The Changing Dynamics of Scholarly Information Management in Post-Reformation Zurich is a study of the Lectorium at the Zurich Grossmünster, the earliest of post-Reformation Swiss academies, initiated by the church reformer Huldrych Zwingli in 1523. This institution of higher education was planned in the wake of humanism and according to the demands of the reforming church. Scrutinizing the institutional archival records, Anja-Silvia Goeing shows how the lectorium’s teachers used practices of storing, archiving, and organizing to create an elaborate administrative structure to deal with students and to identify their own didactic and disciplinary methods. She finds techniques developing that we today would consider important to understand the history of information management and knowledge transfer.