Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-14
This was part of Paul’s stump speech, a common theme captured in Paul’s letters to various churches. He spoke a version of Robin-Hood-esque democracy into a religious world that was autocratic by definition.
“An individual artist needs only a thousand true fans in her tribe. It’s enough.”
Seth Godin, Tribes: Why We Need You to Lead Us
Church leader-types read that and universally underlined it. They thought “Seth Godin said it, I believe it, that’s absolutely true. I need that in my life.”
They did the math in their heads. “If a thousand people like me and donate to my thing or buy my stuff… that’s all I really need to make it.”
A lot of businesses are successful for reasons they don’t quite grasp. They’ve just stumbled upon something that works and they’ve gone from there. Krispy Kreme is that company in my mind. They had something rare, people showing up with a light comes on for hot & fresh donuts. It was a uniquely southern thing. They’d grown for a generation. They had strong fundamentals.
No offense to Branson, Missouri. But it’s not Las Vegas.
Branson has shows. It has nightlife. It has hotels. It has entertainment. It’s promoted as a fun place to go because it is a fun place to go.
But it isn’t Vegas. Vegas has better nightlife. Better hotels. Better entertainment. Vegas is promoted the way it is because there’s only one Las Vegas.
A few years back I read a blog post by a famous megachurch pastor who wrote a post pontificating some brilliant insight he offered his staff. (Yes, I mean that sarcastically.)
It went something like this: “I told my staff that if they ever doubted, even for a minute, that they were supposed to be on staff at this church that they should tell me and we’d treat them right… I’d pay them a good severance… but they should leave immediately.”
A few days ago a Christian radio show host called out Mark Driscoll for plagiarism on the air.
It was the proverbial first plate of gross school lunch thrown in what has become a little bit of a food fight between the Neo-Reformed crowd and the Progressive Patheos crowd.
Was it really plagiarism? I’m not sure that it’s the right word.
This stuff turns my stomach. People called by God and paid by a local church to be trustworthy and honorable… well, here you go.
Pastors behind bars: