I bought my husband a tablesaw once. And a bunch of other tools--grinders, routers, various kinds of drills. And I also bought him fifty or so books on things he could do with these tools. To my knowledge he has never given much more than a cursory perusal of the books. And he's rarely used the tools in anything around our house. (he has used them other places)
I posted this picture so I couldn't be accused of having an effeminate blog. LOL.
SOMETIMES I THINK I'M A FLUFF WRITER. I write about the positive good stuff of Jesus and try to stay away from the more controversial pieces that I am perfectly capable of writing. Recently I've gotten into a few conversational streams regarding topics that grabbed my attention. And in them I found some great dialog. I'm still trying to figure out some of the stuff and for the purpose of this post, am wondering how you think technology and the gospel mix? I also want to know if you think the church is too relationship oriented and not action-packed oriented. Are the churches today too archaic?
Is the horse we are riding in need of pasturing? Or must we put her down altogether and send her to the glue factory?
I happen to like technology and think it is great--in its proper use in the church IF the body as a whole wants to introduce it to the church. What I'm trying to figure out is all the opinions regarding the relevancy of modernism in a traditional church, the effeminate characterization of churches, and the REAL reason that churches are dying away in the SBC. (the number last year was 3000 in the SBC and I'm sure we don't have the market cornered on church closings)
For instance. Has anyone done a study to determine the reason these churches are closing their doors? What was the preaching like in those churches? What kind of pastoral/deacon system did those churches have? What kind of doctrine was being taught? Exactly what happened to the churches? Rather than say it is because of this or that, what is the "rest of the story"? Is it, in fact, the lack of twenty-first century updating, or the dumbing down of the gospel message?
Anyone want to venture a guess? Anyone know for certain? Or is it all speculation?
I'm concerned because I do want the gospel to be relevant to folks today. I want people to know the power of God, the provision of God, the comfort of God, the redemption of Christ, the sovereignty of the Almighty. I think people will see this in Christians who are dying to self and actively surrendering their selfish selves to His commands. I don't think it comes from whistles and bells and I am not against whistles and bells. I think it comes from the repentance of man, the sanctification of man and the praise of man. I think they will hunger after the Gospel when they see the Gospel lived out in individuals on a daily basis. When more folks forgive, love their enemies, and stop fighting within the walls of churches, more people will want to be a part of that. That's what I think.
When more people read the instructions and use the Book, then they will see better results in the Kingdom of God. It takes more than a cusory perusal of the illustrations in the book to learn how to get the most from your table saw. selahV