Cooking Church Frogs

Posted: August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

I cannot imagine anything much grosser than a boiled frog. Well, maybe boiled okra, or green eggs and ham, sick I am. But somewhere along the way I read Barna’s book about the Frog in the kettle. Supposedly a frog thrown into a pot of boiling water would jump out and one placed in luke warm water gradually warmed to boiling would cook to death. I have no idea whether that is really true or not, but it is a relevant image.

I was out of the professional ministry from 1991 until 2004, and the world changed. The community and culture of American society changed in major ways. But the majority of churches remained the same. We continued to sing our 17th century songs to 17th century bar tunes and we did things the way great grandad did them in the 1950’s. The result, most of the churches dotting the landscape are either dying or barely surviving.

The message of the Gospel never changes. God’s Word is living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword and cuts through the generation gap and the cultural distintives. But our methods of delivering that message has to change. You don’t travel to work in the same vehicle your grandaddy’s grandaddy did. You probably have a car that is a much better ride than the model T or even the donkey pulled cart.

We label anything new and different as liberal. We call the innovaters cult leaders or just nuts. But what amazes me the most is when you try to do things the way Jesus did 2000 years ago. He said, “Make disciples.” How did He model that? He taught with stories (parables). He explained them to His followers. He sent them out to apply the lessons to life and share the Gospel. He gathered them back to talk about the results and to keep challenging them. That method still works. Ironically, while attempting to do it, people say, “Why do we have to do these new things?”

  1. Anne Smith says:

    Great thoughts! I agree about the “boiled” okra! Gotta be fried!

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