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The thing we see on the surface is connected to what’s behind it. And what’s behind it is beautiful and rich and wonderful and mysterious and inspiring.
If church is about all that, then I’m all in.
Combine unbiblical ideas of a pastor who receives visions from God with slick fashion, cutting edge marketing, and shameless self-promotion and you have a cult-leader in the making.
Let’s take heed the dangers of the spirit of entrepreneurship that is pervading the pastoral ministry.
We hate it because we feel stupid, small, and insecure many times. We love it because we get to see God move where we hadn’t before.
We need to wisely discern which objections are legitimate among resistant peoples. Then, deconstruct defective cultural views and reconstruct biblical, gospel-centered views in areas such as politics and sexuality.
Jesus didn’t come to give us a weekly day of peace and quiet, all trial-free and up to our hopeful expectations. He came to be our Sabbath rest, at all times, in all circumstances, on the best most restful of days and the worst most fatiguing of days.
We will never be able to bear the fruit that our Father desires if we forget the source of our strength.