For those of you reading this who aren’t familiar with Franklin Lakes Baptist Church (FLBC), an explanation of what this is and why we’re doing it can be found here.
Last night we began a series of discussions on the church and the changing cultural as well as religious climate of our world. The following series of posts (Meetings 1-8) are meant to serve as a basic review, general impressions/observations and follow-up to each meeting.
For those of you reading this who aren’t affiliated with Franklin Lakes Baptist Church (FLBC), allow me to explain what this next series of blog posts, titled “Who Stole My Church,” are about (in case you’re interested). If you are a part of our church family, I’m already asking you to read a whole book in a short amount of time… so you can feel free to jump to this post if you like.
I’m a younger pastor (33 to date) who, 5 years ago, received a call to a small (under 100 people) church in a very affluent and bustling part of New Jersey. The church was older, at least older than me at that time, and was well established. There were a number of programs and practices, which predated my teen years, that this wonderful church family had and were faithfully running when I arrived. There was also a deep sense of identity and family that existed (and I believe still exists) amongst the faithful family that gathered here week to week. Continue reading
What if I told you that every religion had gotten the whole “higher being” thing wrong? It’s not that religions are wrong about the fact that a higher being exists, but more that they’ve misinterpreted who this higher being actually is, why he or she exists, and what he or she does.
You know… I wish someone would have told me a long time ago that all adults are scary, even after you become an adult. It’s taken me a few years to realize this, but after 100’s (if not 1,000’s) of personal meetings, counseling sessions, leadership pow-wows, conflict resolution sit-downs and so on, I can confidently say that everyone is at least a little scared of everyone else.
Why? Continue reading
The following won’t be popular or too well received by church people because it’s contrary to our historical practices and, as far as I can tell, it hasn’t been attempted… yet.
It’s Sunday, one of the only days most people have off from work. What would compel a person to wake up early, make themselves presentable (whatever that means), and sit through an hour (if you’re lucky) of church?
I don’t have an hour a day to regularly read the Bible (not to mention all the other books that people tell me are sooooo amazing). Am I a bad Christian?
If you are part of Franklin Lakes Baptist Church, this post is for you. Continue reading
I’m a liar.
It’s OK thought (my inner monologue says comfortingly as I compare myself to other good religious people)… so are you.
Chances are, you won’t read this.