Things I Think
The objective is numeric and financial growth.
Management works to protect their position and reap the profits, employees work at the whim of management, and consumers are valued as long as they are buying the product.
Employees and consumers are viewed as replaceable commodities.
The NT church on the other hand is always defined as a family or a body.
We are brothers and sisters adopted by the Father and we are necessary parts of a bigger body that does not function properly without each member.
The corporations care about the product before the people and in the church the people are the product of God.
The models are utterly incompatible.
That, my friends, is why the corporate model of American evangelicalism cannot help but be a stench in the nostrils of God.
2. I think there’s something to aromatherapy…the smell of cedar comforts me and the scent of patchouli oil makes me want to assault somebody…
3. The framers of the Constitution believed in separating power among the branches of government so there would be checks and balances against tyranny. How ironic is it that some of the pastors I see railing against the President most loudly would never allow a similar arrangement in their churches…
4. “That’s the cowardly act governments do. That’s why they attack whistle blowers instead of attacking the problem the whistle blower told them about. That’s the pathology: to kill the messenger instead of listening to the message. ” Charles Bowden.
5. The Jews used to pray thanks to God that they weren’t “a dog, a Samaritan, or a woman”. The church has done a relatively good job of redeeming the dogs and the Samaritans… the attitude towards women still needs a lot of work.
6. Any organization that has disciplinary structures for the laity and not the leaders is either a cult or a business. It can’t be a church.
7. Here’s an easy IQ test. If you really think David Barton is a credible historian, yours isn’t high enough.
8. I believe the creation of art is a spiritual gift…
9. I get a lot of books sent to me by publishers in hopes of a positive review here on the blog. I don’t get past a couple chapters on most of them, as at some point “banal” became a Christian virtue…
10. It is purely sin that those abused by the church are judged by their response to the abuse, not by the fact that they were abused in the first place…