William H. Willimon, Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, p. 276-277
i.e. churches shouldn’t try to run themselves like businesses.(via scottxstephens)
“Jesus places us in a final insecurity, not only in our relationship to ourselves and other people, but also in our relationship to the world and all that is. What is the world? What is nature? history? fate? What is the space in which we exist, and what is the time in which we live? What do we really know? What does it mean that we know only what we are able to know?
As long as this final insecurity is not disclosed in us, we are still sleeping. But in Jesus we awaken. The insecurity is disclosed. The sure ground of our understanding begins to quake and sway beneath our feet. We may relate to Jesus as we wish, but this is completely clear; Jesus counts on God, and that means on an existence, a being, a power that is in no place and at no time. He stands in the service of a power that breaks through fate.
He knows a history, and he himself is the hero of this history, but it is not world history. There flashes like lightning in him a nature that is on the verge of blowing away what we call nature, as dynamite blows away rock. He lives in a world that is not our world. “Heaven and earth will pass away!” [Mark 13:31 par.]. And even if the whole New Testament were a fable, this fable would have the highly remarkable meaning that in it a certainty emerges that makes everything else uncertain. “I saw a new heaven and a new earth” [Rev. 21:1]. That is Jesus. He is victor. And that is Easter.”
— - Karl Barth,
The Early Preaching of Karl Barth,
“Startup FaithStreet lives at the corner of tech and Christianity” via PandoDaily
While this may not ignite the passions of many tech entrepreneurs, religious institutions in the US are a huge untapped market for technology solutions. For the uninitiated, there are over 300,000 Christian churches with 56 million active worshipers attending services on a weekly basis.
Between $5 and $10 BILLION on church advertising? Imagine if that money went to helping people and the people in the congregation. What kind of marketing spend would that equal? Would your church stand out and be attractive to those looking for a community of faith if you spent more money on people than on generic, say-nothing flyers and radio spots?
William H. Willimon, Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, p. 226.
I just love his imagery here(via scottxstephens)
Our ears are still ringing from the volume, but…Jesus is not our boyfriend – and we will no longer sing your silly love songs that suggest He is. Happy clappy tunes bear no witness to the reality of the world we live in, the powers and principalities we confront, or are worthy of the one we proclaim King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
You offered us a myriad of programs to join – volunteer positions to assuage our desire to be connected. We could be greeters, parking lot attendants, coffee baristas, book store helpers, children’s ministry workers, media ministry drones – whatever you needed to fulfill your dreams of corporate glory. Perhaps you’ve noticed, we aren’t there anymore.
We are The People formerly known as The Congregation. We have not stopped loving the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Nor do we avoid “the assembling of the saints.” We just don’t assemble under your supposed leadership. We meet in coffee shops, around dinner tables, in the parks and on the streets. We connect virtually across space and time – engaged in generative conversations – teaching and being taught.
We live amongst our neighbours, in their homes and they in ours. We laugh and cry and really live – without the need to have you teach us how – by reading your ridiculous books or listening to your supercilious CDs or podcasts.