Not sure if anyone remembers my post “Church Size: Tall, Venti, or Grande?” but it was a fairly popular post, so I’m sure someone will recall it. A significant feature within the post was a link to a somewhat negative “review” that Adam Cleaveland had posted in February 2005 of his visit to Altanta megachurch North Point Community Church. At that time (September 2005), discussion on the post was still ongoing, and had been joined by North Point senior pastor Andy Stanley. Good discussion all around, and one of the major discussion points (and topic of my earlier post) had to do with determining a maximum effective size for a local church. Yeah, it was kind of an anti-megachurch thing. Well, now Adam Cleaveland posts an update, which proves that Andy is full of surprises, as the post opens with a photograph of Andy Stanley at an Emergent Cohort meeting in Atlanta, listening to a presentation by Jake Myers, who also blogged about the gathering.
Andy Stanley at the Atlanta Emergent Cohort?
by Brother Maynard | Jul 26, 2006 | Church, Emergent, Emerging Church | 1 comment
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In a previous post you mentioned Bruce Ellis Benson, so I thought you might be interested in this… it relates to the mega church only in the idea of Christian Idolatry, which more than likely is a part of the mega-church phenom.
While editing a section of the film Rebellion of Thought called “Creating God In Our Own Image,” I included this quote from our interview with Bruce Ellis Benson regarding Christian Idolatry…
“…we affirm as Christians that God does exists, and that our conception of God is not purely a kind of idolatrous conception of God. Now of course, there it gets a little difficult, because as Christians, I assume that our conception of God is probably never completely pure, that is to say, our conception of God is never completely free from idolatry. It’s very easy for the conception of “Jesus, Lord of my life,” to morph into, to change into, “Jesus, who is the granter of my desires.” That’s not a very big step, as it turns out, and indeed I assume that many of us live, in a sort of practical way so that Jesus is the granter of our desires, first and foremost, rather than the Lord and Master of our lives.”
What are your thoughts on this concept of Christian idolatry?
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