At Newspring, we're not church as usual!
- As a footnote: I knew Mark over twenty years ago. Mark preached in our church in Kansas, I have had lunch with Mark. I knew him as genuine person who loved God. I have not talked to Mark in twenty years. I have passed NewSpring church several times. But yesterday was the first time I had ever heard Mark preach in twenty years. Totally different personality, totally different look.
- The church was originally Messiah Baptist Church, now the name of the church is NewSpring Church. Once this church was a independent Baptist Church, now the church is . . . . .
- "I'm actually amused by the faux-humility of always lower casing one's own name so as not to draw undue attention to it. But the popularity of the practice is yet another fitting symbol for just about everything that is currently fashionable on the evangelical fringe. Why is it that those who seem to talk most about originality are always so lemminglike?"
- Someone wrote me last week asking what would be wrong with adopting McManus's methodology as long as we're careful to overlay it with a high view of Scripture.
WHAT WOULD BE WRONG WITH ADOPTING SOME OF THESE METHODOLOGY AS LONG AS WE'RE CAREFUL TO OVERLAY IT WITH A HIGH VIEW OF SCRIPTURE?
It's pretty hard for me to see why anyone with a high view of Scripture would want to adopt a methodology whose whole raison d'être is rooted in a low view of the sufficiency and authority of Scripture. It's a methodology that systematically subordinates Scripture to a secondary or tertiary role in the life of the church.
And not all churches or pastors have a low view of scripture, but they believe they need to take a low reading of scripture.
IS THERE GOING TO BE A PARADIGM SHIFT AT THE RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH?
Is there going to be a paradigm shift? A Paradigm shift is an example that serves as a pattern or model for something, especially one that forms the basis of a methodology or theory. The acceptance by a majority of a changed belief, attitude, or way of doing things.
Can there be a change attitude of the way of doing things? I would really hope so. But our pattern or model should be one that models biblical pattern of ministry.
There is generally a shift in methodology with a new pastor, that is natural. There is a new point of view, a different style of ministry. But what I hope to do, is keep the goal of ministry one that is going to bring glory to the Lord, and that we will reflect as a mirror the glory of Christ.
FOOTNOTE: We posted this morning a line, and then finished up tonight at 10:30 p.m.