Four Things The Church Should Never Apologize For

Four Things The Church Should Never Apologize For

The Church has messed up in the past, it’s messed up today, and it will be messed up in the future, simply due to the fact that it’s made up by a bunch of imperfect people trying to be used by God to have an impact on the world.

Saying that, there are some things that I firmly believe the Church should never apologize for.  Here are four of them.

1)  Being “Too Big”

I’m confused by the term “megachurch.”  If we’re willing to call a church with 2,000 in attendance “mega” while more than 230 million Americans find more fulfilling things to do on any given Sunday, we’ve set pathetically low goals for ourselves.  “But I won’t know everybody,” you say.  I doubt you know everybody in your 200 member church either.  I’m convinced that a lot of Christians want their churches to stay small for the sake of convenience.  Every church should be concerned about reaching more and more people for Jesus, like Matthew 28:19-20 commands us to do.
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Don’t Be Deadweight

Every organization has people who simply act as deadweights, doing nothing except slowing down progress or making it more difficult.  Usually these people fit into the three following characteristics:

  • They complain about everything but find any reason not to do anything about it
  • They never fail at anything because they never try anything new
  • They are not involved physically, personally, financially, or spiritually into anything except themselves

If you’re involved in anything, I’ll bet you can name several right now.  So what I want you to do is grab the phone and give them a call.  Just kidding.  Don’t do that.

In a church or religious organization setting, the Bible isn’t kind to deadweights.  2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 says “we did not eatanyone’s food free of charge; instead, we labored and struggled, working night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you. It is not that we don’t have the right to support, but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.”  

Yikes.  Not the most gentle words ever spoken, but it’s for a purpose.  The Church works best when everybody works together, regardless of personal preferences, to glorify and spread the name of Jesus throughout their communities, regions, states, and country.

The best Christian testimony is a solid Christian.

A deadweight isn’t helping anybody.

Six Southern Baptist Stereotypes That Are True

I was raised baptist and have spent my entire life (a whopping nineteen years) as a member of a Southern Baptist church of some sort or another.  There’s a lot of misconceptions and myths about us out there, but there are some things that truly happen only within the confines of an SBC church.

This isn’t one of those deep thought lists that will make you think.  This is meant to be a fun, reflective look at some Southern Baptist stereotypes that actually appear to be true.

Here are six of them.

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A Quick Church Pre-Service Checklist

That time period from when the auditorium doors open to when the service starts is one of the most important times for guests at your church.  It’s awkward.  People kind of wander around until they find a seat that they like, some save seats, they talk amongst themselves, and for guests (and sometimes regulars!) it’s a strange time.

But there are some things you can do to minimize the awkwardness.  Consider it a condensed pre-service checklist.

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Church Dying Thom Rainer

Preferences Versus The Gospel

I read that quote in a Facebook post tonight and it really hit me.  It’s a sad reality in churches today where arguments seem to pop up about everything, from the style of worship music to the placement of a new water fountain (and yes, that one is true.)

Maybe some of you are looking for a church that checks all of the things on your list.  You want the music, preaching, small groups, environment, kids program, youth group, and everything else to be exactly the way you want it to be.

You’ll be dead before you find that church, because it doesn’t exist.

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Get Your Name on Social Media

Getting your actual name in your social media accounts is hard.  For example:

My website is mitchellkarr.com

My Facebook is facebook.com/mitchellkarr

My Twitter is twitter.com/KarrMitchell

Find the one that is not like the other.  That last one is probably one of the most irritating things that has ever happened to me.   To make it worse, the individual who “owns” my name on Twitter hasn’t tweeted since October 30, 2012.

Consistency in this area is incredibly important now that profiles are being used more and more for practically everything, from resumes to getting connected in a company.  If someone is looking for you, their going to look for your name, not “dancergurl22″ or whatever stupid name you picked out in the sixth grade.

Luckily, there’s a tool that I’ve recently found very useful in determining what’s available and it’s called NameCHK.   Simply type in your desired name and it scans over 80 different networks to see if your name is available on each one.  You get instant and easy to read feedback and it is a great tool.

For starters, you should own your real name on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Those are the “big five” in my opinion.  If you can’t get your real name, use something logical like your last name first.

So go see if your name is available and if it is, snap it up before someone else gets it!

Free Happy Father's Day slide

Free Father’s Day Slides

Looking for some free Father’s Day slides for your church?  These are just two simple and clean slides ideal for use as a background, announcement, or welcome slides during your services.

They are 1920×1080 JPG files and are free to download and use for whatever purposes you wish.  Preview them before downloading by clicking “continue reading.”

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Adjust Mac Volume in Smaller Increments

It’s surprising how little Mac users know this trick.  For many people, the default volume increments on Macs are too big of a jump for many applications.  Luckily, there is a way to adjust your volume in smaller increments.

Instead of just tapping your volume buttons, hold down shift, option, and then adjust your volume using the volume adjustment keys (F11 and F12 on most Apple keyboards).  You will see that the volume jumps are much smaller now.

This can also be used with brightness settings by holding down shift, option, and then adjusting your brightness (F1 and F2 on most Apple keyboards).

This may be obvious to many of you, but there is a big number of people who don’t know this useful trick.

The Most Oversung Worship Songs

We’ve all been there.  That time standing in church when a new songs starts and a certain hollowness fills the put of your stomach as you think “Oh no, not this song again.”

If you have never thought such a thing, thanks for reading this blog Jesus.  Everyone has thought this, whether we want to admit it or not.

Here are some songs that make me want to shrivel up in a corner until they are over.

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Gosh, This Communion Bread is Good

I recently attended a church service where the bread served during communion was actual bread, not those styrofoam-like wafers that some churches use.  As in, this bread was a big piece of bread that people broke smaller pieces off of.  And boy was it good.  Soft yet chewy on the outside with a slightly sweet taste to it.  It made me wish all communion bread was like it.

Now, some of you reading this are appalled that this is what I was thinking about during communion.  But let’s face it; we’ve all been there, and we’ve all thought some of these things.

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