Saturday, July 26, 2008

Biblical Church Growth

(the Duggars of Arkansas)

While all the "experts" tell us the way to grow the Church is to use marketing, gimmicks, slogans, talking points, ditch the liturgy, trash tradition, imitate the local megachurch, push day care centers, ignore our confessional teaching on the ministry and sacraments, and anything else they can throw out there except the simple:

1) make babies,
2) baptize them,
3) catechize them,
4) encourage them to grow up to be faithful Christians and fruitful parents (none of which counts as a single "critical event" on the Ablaze!(tm) scoreboard).

However, here are two bits of good news: one in Canada, the other in the U.S.

Of course, there is one way to appeal to our mindless, Godless culture that utterly hates large (especially Christian) families: we could point out that with only the children from these two families, we could field four baseball teams (excuse me, they're called "franchises" these days).

If you can't appeal to human life (which means nothing in our culture), maybe we can push a sports agenda (which is god in our culture)!

Hey, it's worth a try. Meanwhile, young married Christian couples, it's past your bedtime!

(the Ionces of British Columbia)

1 comment:

Erich Heidenreich, DDS said...

Check out our posts at Lutherans and Procreation relative to this subject, especially here, here and here.