Jesus and Churchianity
The “seeker-sensitive” critics got it half right. Hybels was right to make sure that non-Christians could understand his messages. He also made sure that Christians could understand his messages. “Seeker-sensitive” originally sought to answer the questions that normal people ask and use the words that normal people use, instead of only preaching with lofty words to those already convinced.
“Seeker-sensitive” was also a kind of warning. It allowed a small amount of “Church without Jesus”. Non-Christians could go and feel welcome, given the premise that they were seeking. But, what the Church needs and always needed was “Jesus without Churchianity”. · · · →
A heavy hand isn’t always the strongest. A calloused hand lacks the sensitivity to know what it touches. Justice, war, patience, friendship, and peace require information. Many tyrants blindly bring down their fists on broken glass thinking to crush an egg.
The problem doesn’t come from a failure to check first, but whether to bring one’s hand down at all. One of the key factors of combat is keeping a center of balance. Throwing a punch can offset that balance.
Fingers can feel-out a situation better than a fist. Strong fingers have grip and prove more useful than heavy fists. · · · →
Refuting Ignorance: Jesus Is the Answer
Jesus is the answer in Asia. Unpopular as it seems—propaganda-like as it smells, Jesus is the answer in Asia. Chinese don’t know that forgiveness is an option. Even Sunni Muslims call Esau’s descendants in Palestine their brothers, but want no home for the house of Jacob, Esau’s younger brother, Israel.
Critics and cynics scoff and say, “Christianity is about domination, money, false hopes, and cult-marketing.” While these things are true of Churchianity, they aren’t true of the pure Bible. But, those who depended on attending Churchianity sermons, without reading the Bible themselves, don’t know the difference. Do your homework. · · · →
Church Programming Splits
Church resembles development and programming in many ways. Open sourcing, including Raspberry Pi and 3D-Printing, can improve life. Being bumpy, the Establishment often hates them.
Open source proved its worth with Wikipedia—and decentralized Christianity, in the underground Church of China.
Management easily despises the geeky, hard-to-get-along-with, talented people who make projects work. Talent and “team” don’t fit together… a secret only the Publishing world seems to have figured out. When management and talent have a falling out, they split, talent starts something new, the old Establishment complains, implodes, then history repeats—in business, tech, Church, and politics. · · · →