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This is the first time I’ve seen the financing of a church plant being crowdsourced. Impact Church is a new church plant in New Orleans, LA and they’re attempting to raise about $60,000 through the crowdsourcing site The premise is simple:  get 10,000 people to donate five bucks. So far they’ve raised about $500. Will it work?  I don’t know… but I applaud them on their innovation and out of the ordinary thinking. (Note:  this is a little different from a couple of the KickStarter campaigns that I’ve helped fund in the past… the church will get all the money raised, even if the goal is not met.) Check out their page here. Heck… I’m in for $5. Todd

A former stand-up comedian and bartender offers an unusual alternative to traditional church. United Methodist pastor Jerry Herships’ After Hours Denver holds worship services in bars. Herships believes that in today’s world you have to reach people where they are. This is not a new idea. Herships says, “Jesus never said, ‘If you need me, I’ll be in the temple.’ Jesus was always out in the world.” The congregation makes a commitment to community service their main focus. Thoughts? Todd HT:  MinistryMatters

Andy Stanley has some preaching advice that he shared at the NewSpring Leadership Conference:
“It’s really your approach, and not your content, that determines how well that you engage unchurched people…If we’re not willing to adjust our sails and adjust our approach, you can spend your entire life … telling the truth and driving people away from it at the same time… Non-Christians aren’t supposed to obey the Bible… We’d love for them to … But when you preach broadly and you don’t differentiate, what unchurched people hear is judgment.”
Here’s more:
“We do not believe Jesus rose from the dead because Adam and Eve were literal, physical people … The basis of Christianity is not all the difficult to believe parts of the Old Testament, but as long as we present to our children and to our generation it’s all or nothing, that’s almost impossible to defend… You know why I believe in the resurrection? Not because of the B-I-B-L-E. Because Matthew saw it, Mark talked to somebody who saw it, Luke interviewed a whole bunch of people who saw it, John saw it, Peter saw it, James saw it … I don’t know what happened to dinosaurs, and I don’t know anything about Adam and Eve, but I believe Jesus rose from the dead, and when you start believing Jesus rose from the dead, you’re going to take the Old Testament a lot more seriously.”
Your thoughts? Todd HT:  The Christian Post

1.  Are we on the same team? 2.  What’s the right path forward? These are questions that Seth Godin posed in a post this morning. His point is that many times we ask the second question about the path; while the most important question is the first one:  Are we on the same team? Here is the right track to look at when asking the team question: Is this a matter of respect?  Power?  Do you come out ahead if I fail?  Has someone undercut you? Do we both wat the same thing to happen here? Answer those questions FIRST; then, if all goes well… ask the path question. According to Seth:
If you feel disrespected, the person you disagree with is not going to be a useful partner in figuring out what the right path going forward might be. If one party (employee/customer/investor) only wins when the other party loses, what’s the point of talking about anything but that? Deal with the agenda items and the dignity problems first before you try to work out the right strategic choices.
I think that’s great advice. Todd  

Wal-Mart Sells Bible Helping Planned Parenthood-Funding Komen

This is the perfect headline to grab a wide readership of a good section of the Christian conservative community. Woe to Walmart (for selling Bibles) Woe to the Susan G. Komen Foundation (for supposedly giving money to Planned Parenthood) Throw in a mention of Planned Parenthood and you’ve got yourself a story. Throw in how Lifeway is not selling the Bibles anymore, and it’s a homerun. OK… let me throw out some names as well. The copyright owner of the NIV version of the Bible is Zondervan… owned by HarperCollins, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Zondervan publishes Rob Bell and Shane Clairborne.  (Should be case closed there for many). The same company that owns the NIV also owns the Simpsons and Family Guy. In today’s world… it’s nearly impossible to buy something from someone who doesn’t condone something you’re against. And all the lines are blurred.  Why the Susan G. Komen Foundation is selling Bibles (when they’re an organization about breast cancer) is beyond me.  My guess is that it’s purely a fund-raiser for them. So… do these things affect your buying decisions? Would you buy a Susan Komen Bible? Who would you NOT purchase from because of their political or religious beliefs? Todd