Consideration

Written by cycleguy on March 29th, 2019

I am not preaching this weekend. My original plans had been to be in Phoenix for the MS ride, but the price of tickets and the lack of riding this winter kind of put the kabosh on that idea. So I am riding the MS150 in August of this year in Lebanon, IN. I am still raising money for MS so if you go to my page you can donate toward that effort.

Anyway, I am not preaching this weekend. Ryan is. Jo and I are taking a few days to get away. I need it more than I realized. It has been a really stressful Winter and Spring.  I’ll not bore you with my details…you have enough of them yourself I’m sure. We modified our Phoenix plan to do something else. I’m going to miss meeting some of my online Phoenix friends but there will another day…here or in heaven.

I’ve started rereading a book called Immeasurable by Skye Jethani. You can see more about it on my other blog, Living in the Shadow.  As sort of a teaser I would like to give you this quote from the book:

In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centered on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America, where it became an enterprise. (p.11)

Skye goes on to make a comment about that.

“Just as the Greeks exalted philosophers and the Romans exalted soldiers, we exalt entrepreneurs and CEOs. Our culture celebrates their accomplishments and seeks to emulate their strategies.” (p.11)

I was once captured by the allure of “Church, Inc” as it has been called. I have several books in my office related to escaping that trap. One is called Escape from Church, Inc. by Glenn Wagner. A wonderful, powerful book!

I would like you to give some thought to these words. I’d also like to hear what you are thinking. You can comment here then go to my other blog and comment there on that post. (Yeah…shameless promotion).

Have a great weekend! Lord willing, see you when I get back.

 

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Crystal says:

    Church.Inc or Mission.Inc or even Christfollower.Inc all are ploys of Satan to destroy God’s purposes. A wise friend who with her husband has spent 20(+) years in faith based ministry told me recently that when we give our hearts to Jesus and become his followers we are saying it’s “all about him and his plans” – that means there is no .Inc to anything I do. Observing their lives in faith based ministry has given me a lot to think about – they raised 3 kids during that time and no, they never go around asking for funding. My take-a-way has been that my #1 concern needs to be “what is God asking of me in this moment?” and then let God do the “financial calculations” and trust Him to meet my needs (not wants). So, totally appreciate what you wrote – totally synced with what God has been trying to get through my “slow brain” 😊

    • cycleguy says:

      I do think taking the business model and running a church or ministry that way can be dangerous. Your take-away is a good one. Good to hear from you Crystal.

  2. Ed says:

    We really do need to get back to what church was originally supposed to be: it was all about people glorifying God in their hearts. I’ll leave it at that!

  3. floyd says:

    Bummer!!!

    We almost got to look eye to eye!

    … one of these days, brother.

    If we take care of God’s business, everything else takes care of itself.