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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Willow Creek: Closing Church to Support Missions

I know I've blogged already about the mega-churches around the country who are cancelling church for Christmas this year, even though it falls on a Sunday morning. But this article was just too rich to pass by.

First is this gem:

At first glance it does sound contrarian," said Rev. Gene Appel, senior pastor of Willow Creek. "We don't see it as not having church on Christmas. We see it as decentralizing the church on Christmas--hundreds of thousands of experiences going on around Christmas trees.
So they don't see it as not having church on Christmas, even though they're not having church on Christmas. What kind of remark is that? [George Orwell, Where are you?!] "I'm sorry officer, I didn't see it as going over the speed limit. I saw it as decentralizing the speed limit." Right.

And then there is this from the same article:
The resources that would have funded the church's Sunday service this year will go toward the DVD instead, potentially touching thousands more people than the same message from the stage on Sunday morning, Parkinson said.
This one takes the cake. . . and the pie, the strudel and the baklava. They are producing an evangelistic DVD with the money they'll save from cancelling their worship service. I wonder if they've noticed that there are 53 Sundays in 2006. Think of all the money they could spend on missions if they cancelled every service. I'm for that.

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Darrell said...

Ya know, I constantly hear people justify skipping church with lines like "as long as I have a relationship with God, it doesn't matter if I actually go to church." Now, with Rev. Gene Appel actually justifying that line of thought, playing hookie from church gets legitimized. I'd laugh about it if it weren't just sad.

Pastor Scott, here's hoping you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.

The Cubicle Reverend said...

An assignment for those interested.

Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer said...

Amen to your post. And I, likewise, wish you and your family a very blessed holy day.

Tim said...

The speed limit is the speed limit.

The church is not a building or a gathering. The Church is the body of Christ, the body of believers.

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