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#194 Marketing spirituality

posted by Stephanie Drury

This is Jim. He could become a member of your church if you play your cards right.

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#187 Contemporary and traditional worship services

posted by Stephanie Drury

Evangelical churches are big on customer service. The last thing they want to do is alienate certain demographics.

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#182 Swank church buildings

posted by Stephanie Drury

Who wants visit a boring-looking church with lame fonts and hymnals?

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#173 “Essential” Bible guides

posted by Stephanie Drury

Wow, that book is essential? Do you have any documentation on that?

#126 Tim Tebow’s mom

posted by Stephanie Drury

Evangelicals love Tim Tebow, so they love his mom by proxy. She’s like the evangelical Virgin Mary.

#124 Signing off as Satan

posted by Stephanie Drury

In an attempt at reverse psychology and perhaps to lure you with their hilarity, Christian culture signs things with Satan’s name to show you that, obviously, you should do the opposite of what Satan says.

#107 Overcompensating

posted by Stephanie Drury

Christian pastors want to be relevant and cool. Relevant, missional, emergent church plant pastors who are Acts 29 do this.

#101 Godwitter and ChristianChirp in lieu of Twitter

posted by Stephanie Drury

From these all-Christian platforms people can do what they did on Twitter and Facebook (tweet Bible verses, express dismay over political affronts to morality, and proclaim excitement for date night with their hot wives), but here their audience presents no opposing viewpoints which could rankle them and raise their blood pressure.

#76 Numbers

posted by Stephanie Drury

Not the book of Numbers, so much, but the number of people that your church attracts each week. Some churches crave big numbers as if they are a fledgling business. “Invite your friends!” “We’re considering the exciting possiblities for this […]

#73 Twitter

posted by Stephanie Drury

Churches are excited about Twitter. It’s what the kids are doing these days, so many churches have launched campaigns encouraging people to tweet during services. This might be the new version of being allowed to pass notes during class, except […]

#62 Christ-ifying Product Logos

posted by Stephanie Drury

This means of proseletyzing is very popular within some segments of Christian culture. It is available in many forms: t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, mousepads, pencil holders, coffee mugs, keychains and innumerable other solid objects, including mints.

#55 The Prayer of Jabez

posted by Stephanie Drury

There is a prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray. He talked about it during the sermon on the mount. It doesn’t emphasize material gain but it’s still pretty neat, mainly because Jesus actually told his followers to pray in this way. I’m just sayin’.

#44 Women’s Ministries

posted by Stephanie Drury

American Protestant churches often have a program called a Women’s Ministry. As with most specialized church programs, the bigger and more warehouse-y the church, the more likely it is that it will have a Women’s Ministry.

#41 Exclamation Points

posted by Stephanie Drury

Many evangelical Christians carry a terror inside their chest that if they appear less than happy all the time then they will have violated the terms of some sort of Jesus Marketing Contract.

#21 “Relevant” Churches

posted by Stephanie Drury

Churches need to attract people. They need to be cool. It seems they think the message of Christ’s grace is not enough on its own, it must be accompanied by worship music played to tracks, preachers who offer sermon series such as “The Pathway of Peace”, and services that last 58 minutes. (Other words in the relevant lexicon include “emergent,” “resurgent,”
“missional,” and “authentic.”)

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auf Wiedersehen
My contract with Beliefnet is up and I'll be back on my own ad-free domain again. Beliefnet has been really lovely to me and I appreciate their letting me write whatever I want without trying to censor anything. I will be back on my blogger ...

posted 7:56:21pm Feb. 21, 2011 | read full post »

#210 Mandatory chapel at Bible college
Most Christian colleges require students to attend chapel services. Chapel is not an option, it's part of the curriculum. If you don't fulfill your chapel quota, you don't graduate. Though Christianity purports to operate under the auspices of ...

posted 7:06:31pm Feb. 11, 2011 | read full post »

#209 Perceiving persecution
Christian culture is vigilant about persecution. Jesus said being persecuted goes with the territory of following him, and some of those followers are really on the lookout. Christian culture sees persecution in all sorts of things and they ...

posted 6:16:31pm Feb. 03, 2011 | read full post »

#208 Missionary dating
When someone in Christian culture meets a delicious non-Christian they will usually assume a missionary position with them. Missionary dating is when you date a non-Christian for the express purpose of proselytizing so as to instigate their ...

posted 6:16:57pm Jan. 27, 2011 | read full post »

#207 Marrying young
Christian culture gets married young. The reason isn't entirely clear, but the general consensus is that it drastically lowers the risk of fornication. You just can't fornicate if you're married, and that takes care of that. Fornication is ...

posted 6:33:07pm Jan. 19, 2011 | read full post »

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