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There is something beautiful about the simplicity of kids. I remember after planting our first garden our little girls woke up early in the morning to run outside and see if anything had grown. After all, we had just put seeds in the ground 20 hours prior! Their eager expectation is instructive.
Cheap grace—a watered down version of following Christ—is an ecumenical cancer. Churches are plagued by this false war of faith and works. The Letter of James draws the line in the sand, and the line goes in a different direction.
I often hear from Christians who want to find a mentor, but aren’t sure how to go about that. Often these believers know they would benefit from this kind of relationship, but they don’t know how it starts or what they should be doing.
I’m confident we will soon see a growing movement of those who have been booted out of Mayberry which will be gravitating to a certain type of church. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a spike in Westboro-type “churches” which want to take back America from those who stole it. And there will be churches and pastors ready to tickle their ears with a vision of a return to Mayberry. I like Mayberry just as much as the next guy, but Mayberry isn’t the New Jerusalem. And I’d prefer King Jesus to Sherriff Andy any day.
Thom Rainer shares a painful story.
Intuitively church folks know that their churches must empower younger leaders. Simply stated, if a church fails to engage new generations, the church will eventually die. Yet while people know a church must empower younger leaders, some churches struggle to do so. They struggle to hand significant responsibility to younger leaders, to empower younger leaders to launch new initiatives, and to joyfully allow themselves to be led by a new generation. In churches that struggle to empower younger leaders, these three cultural realities exist.