This is a question I often find myself wondering. What possesses a hippie to go what must be days without showering? You know its time for a shower when you can be smelled by the person walking behind you. The typical non-showering hippie is defined by dreadlocks. This seems to be the key to being a smelly-hippie.
I guess not showering is a way of showing the “man” that you don’t need to waste water to get by in life. Well I sure wish that you would get off the look at me I’m so cool cause I love nature bit and just take a shower.
If there are any hippies reading this take my advice to heart. No one cares how you dress they just don’t want to deal with having to smell you from across the classroom.
In a surprise report from one of the largest megachurches today Willow Creek has admitted that they may not have been correct in their approach to ministry. I know I am not the first person to talk about this but I wanted to say my part about it as well.
It has been long known in organized denominations such as the LCMS that this form of ministry just creates a “revolving door” atmosphere. WC noted that they had created a group of people that felt stalled in their spiritual development and that these people were the ones leaving the church. I see this type of thing happening all around me every day. As a college student there are tons of these seeker oriented congregations that usher students through their doors every time there is a service.
Now I do not deny that the Holy Spirit is not working in these churches but they are also a danger especially to students. Many use the church on campus as a way to simply meet more people. They are fed a very shallow Christianity which does not help them to stand on their own. This is the WC approach and the very point that they are figuring out has failed.
It is sad to think that this is happening in churches today. That there is such a push to get the numbers that we forget what is important, that being the Word and Sacraments given to us from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not need us to market church to the people. When we do this we are simply saying don’t worry God we know how to get people to come to you better than you do. This is simply an incorrect statement. The Holy Spirit does not and has never depended on our marketing ability to make the saving grace of Jesus known. Yes we are to proclaim the Lord but through and with the Spirit not our “scientific” studies on how we should do it.
The bottom line is that this is the perfect time to take a clear look at the modern approach to ministry. What has been wrong with the way things have been done for the last 2000 years? All of a sudden we have become so proud of the fact that we know what is best for God and his church instead of letting him dictate that through his Word and Sacraments.
To close this first post of substance off I think that the leaders of WC and even many churches of different denominations need to say what are we missing and realize that it is the preaching of the Word that is no longer given to the people. This is what they need not a cool rock band or light and sound show.
And as for Willow Creek. Their new “REVEAL” study if it is so groundbreaking and importing to helping fix problems they created they should not be charging people to read it at $10.00 per copy. Put it on the Internet in PDF and do something valuable with the study. Stop holding the churches you have from fixing their errors. Help end the damage which you have created.
Just as Martin Luther said in his 95 theses “Why does not the pope empty purgatory, for the sake of holy love and of the dire need of the souls that are there, if he redeems an infinite number of souls for the sake of miserable money with which to build a Church? The former reasons would be most just; the latter is most trivial.”
You should allow what you have to be read out of love not to make money off of what has been done to the church.
This is my new blog. Hopefully I can get back into writing again I find it is exremely helpful to put my thoughts into the world. WordPress looks like a welcome change to Blogger and I am looking forward to sharing new thoughts and ideas.