It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness (Proverbs 16:12, NKJV). Any institution that desires longevity must have two things in place: a) a coherent structure, b) a moral foundation upon which it is built. Without a coherent structure (such as a community government, administrators of one sort or another, etc.), it is not long before confusion, followed by chaos begins to rule the day. Without a moral foundation, or an ethical policy, the structure will soon come tumbling down, falling in on itself. People within the structure won’t know what needs to be done, how it is to be done or even why it needs to be done. If the structure is in place with a moral foundation that is greater than the individual man, then the institution is strengthened. But if the leadership at top is committed to self-service rather than service to the community, then the community suffers. In time, the community breaks down, falling apart. How much more so about a nation?
It has happened again; this time in Vienna, Austria. Authorities discovered the mummified remains of Franz Riedl, who apparently died at home in bed five years before. Franz was in his late 80s when he died and went undetected for so long because both his rent and pension were automatically paid and deposited at the local bank. The body was so well preserved, that neighbors could never recall any foul odors coming from the apartment. To me it is so sad when people live and die and no one even notices. This is not how God designed it. God created man for community and relationships. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
Today’s Nudge asks the Fellows for specific ideas on how to revive a church. Congregations go through cycles, and sometimes reach a stagnation point. How to get a community of disciples out of neutral? We’re looking for specific things, not generalities like “they should repent!” Well, yes, they should, but I’m looking for how-to’s and what-to-do’s.
Part of the rut communities get into are the routine of doing the same thing in the same way all the time. I’m not an advocate of change for change’s sake, but there’s something to be said for changing the way things are doing in order to be more effective and meet spiritual needs. Let’s think along those lines as well.
This question goes hand-in-hand, perhaps, with the Nudge day before yesterday about unique things done in congregations. The world has morphed into something so different from 50 years ago, so how are we adapting the eternal message so that we can get people’s attention?
The question presupposes, it would appear, that internal revival is linked to outreach.
Turned out to be a long question, did it not?
The term “group think” has a negative connotation, everyone thinking the same thing. I use it in a different sense, for the grouping of individuals with a common goal, like this group weblog, as it is officially known in Internet terms.
The power and validity of this venue were given a powerful boost today with Michelle Malkin’s announcement of the sale of Hot Air, a conservative political group weblog, to Salem Communications. The site was envisioned as
“an Internet water cooler to hang out with your friends — a place where you could find all the political coverage you needed, but also a place where you could get comic relief, humpbot videos, the latest “Duuudes” and “Hmmms” and “Heart-aches,” and off-beat stories of the day.”
From a spiritual standpoint, that’s something similar to my vision of TFR, “a place to keep coming back to,” with a variety of posts from a select group of Fellows, bringing insight and wisdom and joy to a Christian community.
All that to say, I think we’re on the right track.
Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.
Bertrand Russell, British mathematician and philosopher (1872-1970)