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Why me? Why this Church?

In my darkest moments, I can think of every reason why I don't belong. Josh is brilliant in pretty much every way. He is so knowledgeable. He knows how to “be a pastor.” Sarah is so talented with web design and music. Kristal is very interested in the sciences and asks the hard questions. Then there’s me…

Churches have bought into the hype-machine. They believe that they have to hype everything up to get people to be involved. Every Bible study is the greatest, best teaching ever. Every new preaching series is the series that will change your life forever so you better not miss it. Yet, when we get there it's the sermon he preached 3 years ago with the same stories and a different name. We tell people that if they know God their lives will change forever but they don't think that we have ever changed.

Talk Faith Recap: June 24, 2016

This Week's Empty Conversation: Going to Church, Being the Church

The Talk Faith recap gathers the week's best from the Empty Church crew and gives you the resources to talk about your faith with your friends and family. If you missed anything  or are looking for a great link to send to a friend to introduce them to Empty Church this is the one you want to send!

Christians Don't Care About The Church, Why Should I?

We have all heard the age-old saying that you can’t help others until you help yourself. Christians need to take note of this. You (Christians) can’t help others until you help yourself and your fellow Christians. This week we discussed whether or not Christians can not go to church and still be part of the Church. We also talked about how going to church doesn’t mean you are part of the Church. If the ultimate goal of a Christian is to get people to know Jesus, shouldn’t they all be a part of the Church before trying to reach other people?

The Church Scorecard

I worked in retail while attending college and became quite familiar with mystery or secret shopping. For those of you who do not know what mystery shopping is, I'll provide you with a brief description. An independent company is hired by retail chains to send in a representative to evaluate a retail location according to predetermined criteria.

I have not left The Church

Anyone can call themselves a Christian. Practically anyone can call themselves a church. Anyone can go to a church. It’s really not that hard to pretend you are a Christian: you just say that you are one. No one bats an eye if you never go to church. Besides killing someone, everything else is pretty much acceptable by this generation. So the people who DO go to church HAVE to be Christians right? Apparently not.

Being the Church: The Church as a Ministry Community

You may have seen the meme or heard some pastor give a rousing call-to-action for you to BE the CHURCH! Perhaps you have even stopped to ponder what being the church looks like and what exactly in entails. The only way for people to "be the church" is for a group of people to constantly be becoming a worshipping community that responds to the presence of God in every avenue of their life. This doesn't mean we (always) break out in church-music flashmobs, but it does mean that we are always striving to provide ministry to those who are in closest proximity to us at any given time.

What is Wrong with the Church?

Over the last 30 years, my life has somehow continuously circled around the question, "What is wrong with the church?" Now, of course, it is not usually presented in question form. It is usually addressed in declarative statements from grizzled clergy and beleaguered churchgoers. The "You know what is wrong with the church today..."  argument dentate forcefully appears and is concluded after the airing of sharp grievances about the worst parts of the church. 

I am here to settle this debate once and for all. I have the final answer to what is actually wrong with the Church. 

But first...

I am a Bible Skeptic

In the beginning of my journey here at Empty Church I wrote a blog about blindly believing. This week we discussed if Christians should believe everything in the Bible or should they be a little doubtful or skeptical about some things? I think we all agreed that there is a healthy combination of belief and skepticism that goes along with believing in God and the bible if one is a Christian.

Check This Box For Your FREE Fire Insurance Policy

Telling others about Jesus and the good news of salvation is a joy available to all believers. Some would even consider it a duty or mission that must be done regardless of how it makes your feel emotionally. The joyous and missional aspects of evangelism often times gets wrapped up a layer of efficiency and results. That is, there are times when the Gospel is accompanied by an attitude that seeks to "win" the most with the least amount of effort. In the mid 1900's (and other times throughout Christian history) the introduction of the Fire Insurance policy ruled the day. 

I Can Only Imagine

The impression many people have of heaven today is far from the truth. I have never been to heaven or met anyone who has, but from what I've read in the bible, it is a fair assumption that heaven is not...

The Great Church Marketing Failure

Do you want to know why the iPhone is massively successful? It goes beyond the technology and shiny aluminum coating. It goes beyond societies need to be constantly connected. It goes directly to a basic marketing principle — it undersells and over delivers. Apple sells you shiny and gives you substance. It is this combination of setting expectations and providing more than you promise that has made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world.

Too bad the church has forgotten this basic principle.

Potholes and Creep: Why Easter is so important for the Church

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is celebrated in earnest this week. The Christian tradition hinges on this very event. If Christ was not raised from the dead then any faith that we have is pointless. In other words, if Christians remove the Resurrection from the center of their faith they will become nothing more than a social book club that yearns to make you feel better about yourself by propping you up with cute maxims. Not that this is ever done on purpose...

Easter is one of two global celebration for the church. But why is it important?

Alcohol, Addiction, And The Church - Special Guest: Rev. Wes Shortridge

Jesus calls His Church to be light to the darkness of addiction. Many still stumbling in chemical addiction can only see further darkness in a church exhibiting addictive and codependent behavior. The legalist in the church moralizes and uses chemical addiction and other behaviors as litmus tests for spirituality when he or she often remains as bound to addictive behavior as the chemically addicted. Patterns of darkness do not break by willpower or moral fortitude; they break by shining the light of God’s complete revelation into the darkness.