First the Raves:
Wow… I have never read a Rainer book that I really got into, but today I picked up Surprising Insights and it was actually full of Surprising Insights. I can’t wait to finish this thing I feel like I’m becoming a better pastor by the minute reading this book.
Favorite quote so far: “Our research of over 4,000 churches in America we have seen clearly that many churches are abandoning the Biblical model of pastoral ministry. Instead of allowing pastors the necessary time and encouragement to spend time in prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4) congregations are demanding time and energy from their pastors for tasks that have little biblical foundation”
Second, Timothy Keller’s, The Prodigal God. Its a short read but takes a closer look at the parable of the Prodigal son. Keller points out that we have been missing the point of the parable to focus our attention on the Prodigal boy and shed’s glorious new light on the teaching of the parable. Well worth the read.
Now the Rants:
I’m a card carrying Southern Baptist. When my church planting buddies push me around for my support of the SBC I defend my denomination like a good Royal Ambassador should.
I am also glad that the SBC owns a huge bookstore chain that brings in boat loads of cash every year.
But I can’t understand for the life of me why we charge churches… the very churches we are trying to resource… hundreds of dollars for a single resource!? Take for example THIS ONE. Written by someone on the Lifeway payroll. Just the leaders kit is $200 bucks plus another $10 a book for each student.
Next, why do we peddle books and products that oppose our doctrines? Seriously, Lifeway’s CEO is the author of the first book I raved about in this post. Furthermore, SBC has some of the greatest minds in the Kingdom. Dr. Stetzer… can you do anything to help this situation? Why are we selling poo on the feature shelf in our million dollar book stores? Do we actually want our church members, or anyone for that matter to read, “woman thou art Loosed” or “Your Best Life Now” I was in Lifeway today and the Word of Faith movement was better represented than our own denomination. I’m all for selling something from outside the denomination… but not outside of orthidoxy.
I want to understand, please help me.