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You Can Reach More People In Your City if You Will Only Do What They are Doing


A local church in my city recently ran this “Pure Sex” advertising campaign to attract the non-churched to come to their services. They drove around the city with this banner on a trailer. First, I thought it was an advertisement for a porn shop. I was stopped dead in my tracks when I realized it was an advertisement to Read the rest of this entry

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Worship Leader Make-over: Laying the Foundation


To this day I believe I was set up!  Those who know the truth, may one day come forward and acknowledge what they did.  Until then, I will never know for certain.

I was a young Christian, and had just arrived at my second visit to what we  called “Mini-church.”  It was a home-group, but back in those days, they were very uncommon and this one had 40 people in it. 

During my first visit, someone found out I played guitar.   Ten minutes before the start of this second meeting, one of my new-found friends approached me with the con:  “Jim, our normal guitar player is not going to be here on time, would you mind playing guitar during worship tonight?”  Yeah, I would mind , I thought.  I don’t know any of the songs, and I don’t have a guitar.   Practically reading my mind, he told me that the regular guitar player had “just happened” to leave his guitar at the house we were meeting in and I could use his.  Without waiting for my answer, Mike handed me the guitar and pointed me to the back room where the singers and the flute player were running through the songs.   I was trapped with no means of escape.

How did it go?  In my opinion, it was a horrible train wreck.  I did not know any of the songs, and the charts were absolutely no help!  So I winged it.  Everybody could tell!  When the meeting was over, Cathy (the flute player) asked me if I would like to be the regular guitar player.   Now I ask, does that seem like a set up to you?

For some reason, I still don’t know why,  I said yes!   That is how I got started leading worship.   Twenty-four years later I have led worship all over the world… Read the rest of this entry

D.A. Carson: Is The Seeker-Sensitive Church Model Hurting The Church?


Is the Seeker-sensitive church model hurting the church?    If your one of the millions* of people who read this blog on a regular basis, you know where we stand on this question. Today, I thought it would be helpful to let a man I have the utmost respect for weigh in on the subject. To be fair, D.A. Carson does not specifically call out the Seeker-Sensitive church model by name. However, it is clearly in view. Read his thoughts and let the rest of us know what you think. We would love to hear your comments on this post, especially if you are or were part of this style of ministry. What made you leave? What have you found that is better? Why did you stay? Or What have you learned?

In his book, The Cross and Christian Ministry, D.A. Carson writes:… Read the rest of this entry

Seeker-Sensitive Absurdities: “Come to our Church, We’ll Help Improve Your Sex Life!”


 A local church in my city recently ran this “Pure Sex” advertising campaign to attract the non-churched to come to their services.  They drove around the city with this banner on a trailer.  First, I thought it was an advertisement for a porn shop.  I was stopped dead in my tracks when I realized it was an advertisement to come to a church.

Does the seeker-sensitive model have no limits?  Now our message to the lost is “Come here and we’ll teach you how to have a better sex life?”  Is that the message God has entrusted us with?   Read the rest of this entry