Dear Millennials, This is the Church writing to you. We have been trying to reach you for decades, although admittedly with little to no success. We have tried all kinds of methods to connect with you. We have dumped our traditional service, fired our organists and replaced them with a praise band leader and more edgy music. Still, you do not come. We have put away our suits and ties and dress more casually, yet you still do not come.
For the church to carry out its mission, it needs never to lose sight of the reason for its existence. But the church can easily become like a museum or a university.
The city was not my first choice for ministry. To be blunt it was not even in my top 10 destinations to serve. Yet for whatever reason God placed me there and continues to draw me back to it like a moth to light.
When our churches reduce ministry to service-rendered (transactional), budgets become inundated with programs, and we pray these programs are what our members (customers are seeking.)
Enough already, stop labeling people with whom you disagree. Being a Black American I can tell you I have seen my fair share of racism. What is getting lost in the continuous claims of racism is that true discrimination goes unnoticed.
Depression is a topic that I want to approach carefully. People may think depression is just a case of the blues, but its symptoms are wide-ranging and can manifest themselves physically.