Morning Roundup - May 7, 2012
I thought this was helpful from Len. Be sure to read the entire thing to get what some of them mean (like the first one).
Is your job secure? Here's a surprising rundown of "sins" that'll get you the hook.
Here's some breaking news: It's no fun to get fired. Just ask a youth leader who's been through it. After years in youth ministry, I've seen enough to know what it takes to get the hook. Avoid these mistakes, and you have a shot at enjoying a long ride at your current church.
1. Whiffing on the "no-brainer."
2. Playing fast-and-loose with your sexual boundaries.
3. Chronically bucking your church's theological non-negotiables.
4. Ignoring conflicting ministry philosophies.
5. Continually asking for forgiveness but never for permission.
6. Forgetting that perception is reality.
7. Getting "a little crazy" a little too often.
8. Marginalizing powerful parents.
9. Pushing your church's cultural and moral boundaries.
10. Pushing the envelope until it rips.
MOST churches are not growing sometimes that's becuase of some negative factors. I think Perry identifies several worth considering.
1. The Vision Is Not Clear
2. The Focus Is on Trying to Please Everyone
3. Passionless Leadership
4. Manufacturing Energy
5. Lack of Prayer
6. Unwillingness to Take Risks
7. Disobedience to the Scriptures
8. Selfish Attitudes
I thought this was fascinating (and disturbing in some ways).
The social media website Squidoo has produced an info-graph about the most read books in the past fifty years. Who knows whether it's better that more copies of Dan Brown were sold than copies of the Twilight Saga, but it's encouraging to know that the Bible beat out the rest by over 3 billion copies:
Kevin identifies a helpful passage from Packer. I do think that there ARE people who engage in bibliolatry, but most people need to take the Bible MORE seriously and not less so. This is a helpful reminder. (By the way, Kevin joined Twitter about ten minutes ago and you can follow him on Twitter here: Kevin DeYoung.
Which poses the bigger risk of idolatry-a high view of the Bible that sees Jesus submitting to the Scriptures or a low view of Scripture that sees Jesus standing apart from the Scriptures? Some Christians fear that if they have a high view of the Bible they will end up denigrating Jesus and being guilty of bibliolatry. But what if the danger of idolatry is much more likely when you try to place Jesus above the Bible?
J.I. Packer explains:
Others tell us the final authority for Christians is not Scripture, but Christ, whom we must regard as standing apart from Scripture and above it. He is its Judge; and we, as His disciples, must judge Scripture by Him, receiving only what is in harmony with His life and teaching and rejecting all that is not.
But who is this Christ, the Judge of Scripture? Not the Christ of the New Testament and of history. That Christ does not judge Scripture; he obeys it and fulfills it. Certainly, He is the final authority of the whole of it. Certainly, He is the final authority for Christians; that is precisely why Christians are bound to acknowledge the authority of Scripture. Christ teaches them to do so.
A Christ who permits His followers to set Him up as the Judge of Scripture, One by whom its authority must be confirmed before it becomes binding and by whose adverse sentence it is in places annulled, is a Christ of human imagination, made in the theologian's own image, One who attitude to Scripture is the opposite to that of the Christ of history. If the construction of such a Christ is not a breach of the second commandment, it is hard to see what is.
It is sometimes said that to treat the Bible as the infallible word of God is idolatry. If Christ was an idolater, and if following His teaching is idolatry, the accusation may stand; not, however, otherwise. But to worship a Christ who did not receive Scripture as God's unerring word, nor require His followers to do so, would seem to be idolatry in the strictest sense. (Fundamentalism: and the Word of God, 61-62)