Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why a 'Church' Might Not Grow

Some churches don't grow because they are in areas that are evacuating. Some don't grow because they don't reach those who are newly arriving around them. Others don't grow because outreach is not favorable to them, but only keeping those who already know each other as the priority at all costs. But at the heart of some, they may not grow if they pray this prayer:

Our Father who is in heaven
Hallowed be our name
Our kingdom come, our will be done
On committees as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our errors (notice there is not a mention of turning from 'sin')
As we forgive others their errors
Lead us not into temptations our tradition (denom.) despises (but others are ok...)
Deliver us from evil (except our favorite sins such as gossip, slander, malice and backbitting)

Amen (let it be).

Hmmm...

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