Being a “missional” church in a time when every man is a king and every king is our servant.

To be truly “missional” today I think the church needs to address the cultural phenomenon of what I will call the every man a king and every king my servant philosophy. It is the first time in history that rulers submitting to the people is the norm in many parts of the world. It seems odd to be counter culture on this issue and claim the badge “missional” at the same time.  Here is a great article by Brendan Kiley to help explain what I mean. (Click on the image below to read the article) I also have some questions below to interact with after you read the article.

Church or Cult? The Control-Freaky Ways of Mars Hill Church by BRENDAN KILEY

Here are some questions

1. Is it truly “missional” to attempt to dogmatically regulate a 2000 year old model of leadership in church today without making some major adjustments to fit our culture?

2. How can Evangelicals survive in an “every man a king every king our servant culture?”

3.  When does leadership go too far in the church?

4. Do you have any testimonies of manipulative and controlling leadership?

5. Are you recovering from some form of abusive fundamentalism or church leadership.

6. How would you define a cult?

7. Do you think the church in the article seems to be using cult like tactics?

I (for sure) have a lot to learn as an evangelical pastor trying to step away from fundamentalism while remaining evangelical.


Faith is not certainty

The more church history books I read the more I am convinced that one of if not the biggest enemy of our Christian faith has been misplaced certainty. Faith is not certainty. Walking by faith and not by sight is supposed to be a messy and humbling process for the Christ follower. Today when we (as evangelical Christians) use the word faith I think many of us really mean certainty. Not the kind of certainty that leads to things like unconditional love and true self examination but the kind of certainty which leads to spiritual blindness and religious arrogance.

Attack of the fighting certainty robots!.

Jesus is not my metaphor for political cultural, ethical, judgmental or sociological certainty. Sure there are many times and many moments where I can have the comfort of situational certainty but I can’t cage it, tame it, or make it my domestic pet for every life circumstance. When I am really looking and listening to Jesus I see how fluid, double minded and even shallow my certainty really is. I see how and to what extent my heart idolizes the dream world of doubtlessness where everyone’s moral methamphetamines provide them with sanguine smiles and vacuous environments.

I could be missing something but faith is making me more certain of Jesus and less certain of a lot of other things these days. I am not loosing my faith just my addiction to certainty.

What do you think?