Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Church Service

PASTOR: "Praise the Lord!"
CONGREGATION: Hallelujah!"
PASTOR: "Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone, and Kindle Bibles to 1 Corinthians, 13:13.
And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon."
"Now, Let us pray committing this week into God's hands.
Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God"
"As we take our Sunday tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit cards ready."
"You can log on to the church Wi-Fi using the password 'Lord909887.'
The ushers will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the worshipers:
a. Those who prefer to make electronic fund transfers are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church.
b. Those who prefer to use iPads can open them.
c. Those who prefer telephone banking, take out your cell phones to transfer your contributions to the church account.
The holy atmosphere of the Church becomes truly electrified as ALL the smart phones, iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker!
Final Blessing and Closing Announcements.
a. This week's ministry cell meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please log in and don't miss out.
b. Thursday's Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT. Please don't miss out.
c. You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers.
God bless and have a nice day. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

1st church and the Country Bumpkin

I am reminded of an old story about a farmer who retired to the big city. On his first Sunday in the city, as was his long standing custom, took a good bath and put on his best flannel shirt and crisp starched bib overalls. He then put a quick spit shine on his well worn work boots and headed to the big First Church downtown. When the service concluded the minister looked over the farmers wardrobe as he shook hands with the farmer. The minister politely suggested that the farmer devote some earnest prayer as to how he should properly dress for church before returning. The following Sunday the farmer repeated his long standing custom as he prepared for church and again attended First Church. After the service the minister was now perturbed by this country bumpkin in overalls. As he shook hands with the farmer he asked him if he had engaged in earnest prayer about how he should dress for church like he had been asked. The farmer replied "Why yes I did Reverend." The minister inquired, "and what did the Lord say to you about how you should dress when coming to church here?" The farmer smiled and replied, "The Lord said he couldn't rightly tell me how I should dress when coming to this church, cause He had never been here before."

Monday, August 12, 2013

Dr. Tony Gutherie, a professor at Luther Rice Seminary, has written a fine book on expository preaching, Crossing the Homiletical Bridge.   One of the best passages in this book is his definition of expository preaching.  "Expository Preaching is: The oral proclamation of a properly interpreted passage of Scripture, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by a God-called messenger, to an assembled body, for the glory of God and the accomplishment of His purposes."  Do you preach expository messages?  It is my considered opinion that expository preaching is the best way to ensure each message you preach is Biblical.  After all Paul's command to young Timothy was to "preach the Word".

Monday, July 29, 2013

Happy Birthday US Army Chaplain Corps 

Happy Birthday to the United States Army Chaplain Corps which was started on this day in 1775!  To God be the glory!!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

1st Presbyterian Church Harper, KS

Harper's 1st Presbyterian Church is another rural church struggling to stay alive.  The congregation is mostly elderly and averages about 15 in attendance.  They share a pastor with the Hopewell Church.  I've had the privilege to fill the pulpit both here and in Hopewell.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Your Church Looking for a Pastor? What You Say to a Candiate Without Knowing It!

My seminary shared an excellent article from a pastor with us alumni in which he shared what he was looking for on resumes for perspective staff.  One of the hints he gave was to list our Facebook, Linkedin and other social media sites.  He put the issue in perspective; a church search committee is going to check you out so why not just help them out.  I want to carry this thought a bit further and point out what I as a pastoral candidate am going to do in my search for a place of ministry.  First let me say that small churches and struggling churches do not bother me.  What does bother me is a church that is disengaged from its community and culture.  A churches social media presence is one of the best measures I have found to use when determining how engaged a church is with its community.  

            When I see a notice that a church is looking for a pastor I want to try and find out a little about the church.  The first thing I do is Google that church.  Just performing a simple search can be quite interesting.  The search on one church revealed Google couldn’t even find its address on the map!  Needless to say the church had no web page, no Facebook page, not even a photo of the building that a member had posted somewhere.  I quickly decided not to send that church an inquiry or resume.

            The lack of social media also reveals something about the churches personality.  It reveals a personality that is mired in the past, which has no desire to even try to stay relevant.  I’ve heard the arguments before; that Facebook and the like are just play toys, that they have no time for foolishness, that computers are just too filled with evil, and on and on.  I find it interesting however that although churches thrived for years without electricity, a telephone, air conditioning, or even indoor plumbing, there are few if any churches that don’t have all of the above.  A church’s refusal to have any kind of internet or social media presence reveals that the church fails to realize that the mimeographed (if the reader knows what a mimeograph machine is then you are like me and older than dirt) newsletter of yesterday is simply today’s blog.  Yesterdays yellow page ad is today’s website.

            When a church forgoes a social media presence it is actually telling the community and world that it doesn’t want anyone to know who they are, where they are, what they are doing, or what their message is.  Whether we like it or not people look to social media to find out these things.  When a man considers whether to become a churches pastor he is entitled to know something about that church.  Especially when that man is considering moving several hundred miles, and often at his own expense, he deserves to know what he is getting into.

            Churches do you want to attract men of God who can lead you into the future?  Do you want to have a future?  James put it this way, “show me you faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works”.  Churches show me your works so I see your faith!  I have shown you my works and faith on-line!  There is certainly no works and no faith shown when Google can’t even find you on the map.