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Phil Cooke has written an article over at Ministry Today that has the byline:
People will tune Christians out, if all we do is complain.
Absolutely. I actually heard a preacher not long ago say something refreshing… if we as Christians are not happy with our society and our culture and our politicians, we should put up or shut up; because the truth is… we have no one to blame but ourselves. When the church is the church; IF the church would be the church; our communities would be transformed. keep reading

Phil Cooke lists six situations and cultures of churches that can hide bad leadership, at least for a season: 1.  Money… mistakes can be fixed and bad leadership and decisions can usually be rectified if you have deep enough pockets. 2.  Resources… like multiple assistants, a talented staff, a beautiful facility, etc.  A great staff can really mask bad leadership at the top, at least for a while. keep reading

The Five Stages of Innovation: Phil Cooke shares this recipe for innovation.  They are order specific…

Take a look and see if these five stages of innovation ring true with how you and your church implement new ideas and ministries: 1. People deny that the innovation is required. 2. People deny that the innovation is effective. 3. People deny that the innovation is important. 4. People deny that the innovation will justify the effort required to adopt it. 5. People accept and adopt the innovation, enjoy its benefits, attribute it to people other than the innovator, and deny the existence of stages 1 to 4. How many times have you had to go through number 1-4? In fact, many times… people never get to number 5, which is a shame. What was the last great thing you were able to innovate at your church?  I’d love to hear about it! // Read more here… Todd  

Phil Cooke has a great post today that brings up a question that you hear all the time.  A question than only has one politically correct answer.  Phil writes: No matter what you think about religion, the statement, “All religions are just the same” is just a dismissive line, intended to squelch debate about the subject.  In an age of supposed “toleration,” the one thing we don’t tolerate is the possibility that one type of religious belief trumps all others.  It’s amazing actually – we evaluate doctors, schools, political ideas, movies, food, books, business, art – everything else.  But the idea of actually saying that “I’ve seriously evaluated the options and have come to the conclusion that _______ is the one true faith” pretty much makes you a crazy person.  Perhaps it’s because we live under the threat of radical Islam.  Most people don’t commit violence over evaluating a piece of art; but religion?  We’re scared to death of offending someone.  But the truth is, what could be more important than coming to terms with the biggest questions?  Who am I?  Where did I come from?  Why am I here?  Is there a God out there? Continue reading Phil’s thoughts here at his blog… He has an assignment for you. Most the the audience here at MMI would agree that all religions are NOT the same.  Many of us grew up with Christianity.  Some did not. As a pastor, what is your answer to this question when you’re asked? Just for fun… Let’s pretend it’s YOU on the Piers Morgan show (instead of Joel Osteen, who we talked about earlier this week).  Piers is asking you in front of millions of people:  How can you say that Christianity is the one true way?  What if he said, “what if my good Scientologist friend Tom Cruise was sitting here?  You’d tell him he’s going to hell?” You have one chance to answer the question.  Leave a comment below with what you’d say. GO!