- Having time on your hands can be extremely profitable if it's used well. I have been in a meeting for much of today but have had a lot of time (since arriving in Birmingham, AL yesterday) to reflect on a number of things. I've also been able to listen to podcasts of a few pastors that I admire. I'm experiencing an amazing 'download' of truly impassioned purpose. To boot, a dear blogging friend of mine wrote a really wonderful post that speaks to the heart of a typical pastors "life in a fishbowl."
So, here are a few things that I'd like to remind you of today:
- The culture of a church is merely the vehicle used to carry the information of Christ's love, it is not Christ.
- We must leverage our culture to fully engage people in the message (information) we have to share. In other words, God really isn't mad at us for introducing drums, electric guitars and hip hop into the church.
- If the culture of your church eclipses Christ, people's faith will crumble.
- Whenever we elevate culture above Christ, it's over for us.
- When you know you want to live in Alaska, you don't waste time in surf shops (you must make a plan for your life that allows you to spend your time doing things that are relevant to that plan)