Welcome back. More off the cuff thoughts…
Questions I’m asking #33 – 63…
33. If the world is going to be reached for Christ by professionals and others working in the secular market of commerce and ideas, why do we keep training pastors?
34. What’s seminary for?
35. How can we help prefessionals and entrepreneurs move into the reality that they can be pastors, prophets, evangelists and apostles?
36. If the gospel spreads more quickly via “real world” relationships, why bring converts into the world of fake church relationships.
37. Wouldn’t the best economic model be for church planters to be professionals?
38. Why would we support missionaries who live in the west? Isn’t this where everyone wants to live anyway? AND, isn’t this where most of the churches are already?
39. Even if we eliminate the huge percentage of churches that don’t work in the west, we still have the lion’s share of churches in the world. Why are all the “called” led to the nicer places to live where the life is good and the environment is wholesome enough to raise a family?
40. Is the call to ministry today synonomous with a means to escape the front lines of God’s work?
41. If the Holy Spirit were the director of Mission [which He is], wouldn’t he be deploying the vast majority to where the church isn’t?
42. Where are the places on earth where the gospel is most needed?
43. If we counsel the “called” to go to seminary, they will have a more difficult time entering the places the Spirit of Mission will wish to deploy them. Shouldn’t we instruct the “called” to become business people, artists, doctors, professionals, etc so they can get the proper visas and have the economic base to take the gospel where the church and missionaries can’t take it?
44. Are we not all “called”?
45. What did the Apostle Paul do about childcare in the churches he started? Music?
46. Why don’t we have house churches with Karaoke worship as a primary model?
47. Twenty five years ago, everybody I knew in the Christian camp had an epistemology that allowed them to believe they had a bird’s eye view on reality. They spoke The Word of God. Not their opinions. I felt it was idolatry to deny my subjectivity. I was called a subjectivist, a liberal, a pagan. And that was by my friends. Now being a subjectivist is trendy and noone seems to remember the old days when they were God. What happened?
48. Does anybody still assert that the Bible was innerrant in the Original Manuscripts anymore?
49. Is it wise to spend billions on the space program when there are billions of people who need help here on earth?
50. How can we not put everything we are into the space program? The stars are our destiny.
51. Why is global population declining?
52. Why is the West in a death spiral when it comes to birth rates?
53. If we could visit planet earth in 2207, would London and Paris be cities with a Muslim world view?
54. What would Los Angeles and San Franscisco be like in 2207?
55. What’s really going on in LOST? Are they in the Garden of Eden?
56. Is Global Warming really anything out of the ordinary?
57. Is the “successful” church and the “successful” pastor irrelevant to the gospel?
58. If the world will be reached by a movement of non-clergy women and men working together in small teams to take the gospel where it needs to go, why do we care so much about breaking church growth barriers?
59. Given the above question, what’s the role of the pastor in the world?
60. Wouldn’t most small churches be better off just becoming small groups for the local mega church?
61. Wouldn’t mega churches be better off just selling their mega properties, dissolving their mega staffs, giving their mega budgets to plant churches in India and Africa, and distibuting their members into small evangelistic teams?
62. Does a church or ministry need to be a 501 C3 non-profit organization? If it weren’t, what would it’s organizational and economic model be?
63. Once the chicken got to the other side of the road, what exactly was accomplished?
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