"We’ll talk about about slates and tablets and blah, blah, blah, blah." -Steve Ballmer (That pretty much sums up his talk about slates. Blabbering along without giving any clear direction. Huh, sounds like Microsoft, too, for the last few years.)
If it doesn’t draw you into deeper relationships with people.
If you are not drawn to serve people.
If it doesn’t cause you to evaluate and redefine your priorities.
If it’s all about what you are getting.
If it causes you to extol the virtue and ability of the pastor.
If you are entertained.
If you can hide.
If you think you don’t need it.
If it creates unhealthy codependency.
If you evaluate it by how you feel.
If it’s an event you attend.
If it’s about sitting and watching.
If it’s not compelling you to give money.
If you are not inspired to live a life of purity and holiness.
The church meets together but church is not a meeting, not an event.
Real church does not have hours or times or schedules.
You don’t go to church, you are the church.
Church is only the Body of Christ.
The Church is never designed to have a hierarchy. There is Only 1 King.
These are my notes from another great sermon by Mike Farra. Once again, he is expressing many of the same thoughts I have, while formulating them more clearly than I could. (If you listen to the sermon, the first 10 minutes or so is his background in the church. He doesn’t start explaining his ideas about church until after that).
Look what they’ve done to poor Adobe, yanking away their right to spend more than three years figuring out how to run Flash on mobile devices. Look what they’ve done to the world’s developers, telling them to write specifically for iPhone rather than just port over apps designed for less capable phones. Compounding their sin, they have the unrelenting gall to insist that apps meet some basic standards for quality and reliability. With their “our way or the highway” attitude, Apple takes choice away from customers, forcing them to settle for a library of only 225,000 apps.