Sunday, May 18, 2008

A visit to a "seeker friendly" church

This weekend I visited a precious brother of mine and his family. On sunday morning we decided to go to the local church nearby. I could tell by the warm fuzzy feelings eminating from the pulpit that this was a "seeker sensitive" fellowship.

In my efforts to describe the experience I considered talking about how "man centred" the worship songs were or the secular song that talked about "relationships" which led into the sermon on (you guessed it) "relationships". A message on relationships - WOW, now that's really breaking new ground in much the same way that "Walker Texas Ranger" broke new ground for Chuck Norris as an actor. I also considered describing the complete failure to talk about sin, repentance, and Christ's redemptive work on the cross in order to reconcile a sinners relationship with God.

But when my 4 year old daughter returned from her sunday school class with the "prize" she'd won I realised that my efforts to describe the experience were totally unecessary. The miniature poker machine she held in her hands summised the experience perfectly.

8 comments:

Lane Chaplin said...

A poker machine to a 4 year old... really. I do hope that you're making a joke, but I know better. It's so sad.

These are great critiques that you've been posting, btw, Cam.

Mark said...

Oy vey!

Can't we just preach the Word?

Scott said...

Hey Camercon,
I'm an American living in Chicago who did his theological training in Sydney. I'm interested in the work your doing and would love to get your email.

Press On, Scott

Scott said...

spolender@simeontrust.org

Razz Gade said...
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Razz Gade said...

Hey Cam,

Why I'm I not surprised. It's really of greatest concern when a church gets like that, shoot, can you even call that a church? Disrespectful to God and the great gospel is what it is! But you know that the church I attend is the same way, sadly enough...

God's Word tells us:

"His watchmen (preachers) are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter" (Isaiah 56: 10-11).

How true this piece of scripture is...
... I want God to give me a bark and a bite!

God Bless,

Razz

Lisa Nunley said...

My husband and I stumbled upon your video response to Rob Bell and posted it. Excellent video. To God be all the glory.

As far as the seeker friendly church visit. *sigh* I wish I was surprised.

Lisa Nunley said...

For some reason I cannot get my name to go directly to our new website that can be found HERE. It clicks over to our old one.