The Dwindling Church
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“We simply must DO something to increase our membership,” Angie said.
Sylvia shrugged. “Or get more of our inactive members to show up for church–”
“–With an offering.” Angie broke in.
Fred was peeling an orange as he entered the living room from the kitchen. “What’s wrong with belonging to a small church?” he said. Angie jumped up and handed him a towel.
Sylvia said, [...]
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“Mel, I’m going to throw these bossy lesson guides into the trash. They aren’t helping me a bit!”
“What? That’s a ridiculous thing for a Sabbath school teacher to say. I think these lessons are great.”
“But they’re written like a set of management lessons to give to managers at work.”
”Except the work is on a higher level. Stewart, these lessons were written to help us do a better job [...]
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We’re having a Julie Andrews moment here. I’m sure you remember that song:
“Let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start. When we read we begin with a, b, c; when we sing we begin with doe, ray, me…”
But when we’re sharing the gospel of Jesus with someone, where do we start?
Have you ever thought about in what order we should present Bible truth? Do you think it matters? I mean, [...]
Into the tent where the gypsy boy lay
Dying alone at the close of the day.
News of salvation we carried; said he
“Nobody ever has told it to me.”
Tell it again, tell it again!
Salvation’s story repeat o’er and o’er.
‘Til none can say of the children of men
Nobody ever has told me before.
I heard this song when I was in the primary division of Sabbath school. It made me so sad to think of a young boy dying alone [...]
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
and clever in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21, NASB
Today, most Christian denominations are hierarchical in structure with layers of clergy administering other clergy from the top down until reaching the level of the local church where a carefully controlled laity works in secular occupations to support that structure.
Some laity and [...]