7 Lessons the Church Can Learn From Ferguson, MO

Conflict Resolution

The city of Ferguson, MO has been in the news quite a lot this past week.  Since my son and daughter-in-law live only minutes from Ferguson, I have been following the news quite closely. As I reflected on the events of what has happened, I could not help but see a parallel to the local church. When conflict arises (and it will whenever people gather together), how we deal with that conflict is crucial to the health of the local church and community. Here are a few brief lessons that the church could learn from the events in Ferguson, MO.

Continue Reading »

Principle #1: Constantly Improve Your Position

While in college at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, I read a book by author Jeremy Rifkin called Entropy:  A New World View.  While I cannot remember anything the book said, I do remember the principle that he was sharing.  Entropy is the tendency to gradually decline into disorder.  This is true in our lives, at our workplaces, and in our churches.  Entropy tells us that our churches, if left alone, will gradually decline into disorder.  This has been stated in other ways, as well.  Proverbs 29:18 reminds us that if there is no vision, the people will perish.  We’ve also been told that if the pastor doesn’t lead, someone will.  The truth is that if there is no sense of vision or direction, entropy will begin to take hold in the church.  Usually, in the church community, entropy is seen in one of two ways: (1) through defaulting back to an inward focus on fellowship (just being together); or (2) division and fighting for control and power.

Continue Reading »