Re: Unapologetic Church Advertising...
My ministry philosophy is simple. Matthew 23 & Alcoholics Anonymous
Christ didn't hold himself as being above those he was ministering to. The meal with matthew and various prostitutes, lepers also can make this claim. He also berated the pharisees and sadducees for placing rules and doctrine above the kingdom of God.
Bringing that forward to today, we christians should never hold ourselves as higher or better than those we are trying to reach. Christ worked through meals, stories and practical life matters when trying to show people the kingdom of God. It is my calling (being the horrifically postmodern that I am) to show people that church is not the place of suits, thys, thous and perfection that we have said it to be for the past 300 + years.
The Bible was written in the street language of the day. Mark could barely write good greek, and his word choices werent the greatest. Paul uses the equivalent of our word crap in his letters. The church should not be a lofty place of holiness, but instead it should be a mash unit where peopel come to be healed.
I grew up atheist and now i have been given this blessing to tell everyone. I went to many a church that for the lack of a better term sucked. Our philosophy is to simply love those we come into contact with and share with them the gospel. Plain and simple, It's all that Jesus Christ did.
Anyways, Thats sort of our church. Yeah we are different, but since the church in America is declining so rapidly that missionaries are starting to come here, maybe different isnt a bad thing.
Bob MacKenzie: My brother and I used to say that drownin' in beer was like heaven, eh? Now he's not here, and I've got two soakers... this isn't heaven, this sucks!