+ Drew Goodmanson hits the ball out of the park on two recent posts. He writes here about seeing the church functioning in three dimensions (similar to these). We need to gather corporately, as smaller groups relationally, and as people who are sent – on mission. He adds an interesting plug for the value of the big gathering. “One of the dangers of new ideas are often we can react to another extreme. Do we really need to abandon larger ‘Sunday Service’ gatherings in order to be an emerging movement of God through a house church type expression? I believe we can make a strong Biblical case that as believers corporate, intimate and small gatherings are all part of what it means to be the Church.”
Here he talks about how the western church is declining and how each church body can move forward in missional ways. He’s not afraid to use some theological terms you might not know if you haven’t been around a seminary culture. But it’s good food for thought.
+ Seth Godin writes about asking good questions (kind of). Some questions end the conversation, others elicit good feedback. If relationships matter, how are we engaging the world around us with good questions? As individuals? Corporately as a church?
He also writes about how in business, you’re better off helping those good at it improve than helping the novice get good at it. “You’re way better off helping the perfect improve. You’ll also sell a lot more management consulting to well run companies, high end stereos to people with good stereos and yes, church services to the already well behaved.” You know what’s tough about the church service comment? He’s right. It’s easier to cater to and work with the well-behaved. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. We’re not here to help nice people get nicer. We have experienced a truth that every person needs to see lived out. Institutions stay safe. Movements take risks.
+ And finally, Craig Groeschel tells us what we should be mad about.