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Fundamorphosis Blog Tour – even Steelers fans are included God’s kingdom

The Fundamorphosis Blog Tour continues today with a stop by Brian Karcher’s blog Lambhearted Lion. Brian’s story interests me because, in many ways, it mirrors my own. I think we both feel a great sense of relief to know that we are not the only people in the world who have had these thoughts and feelings about the faith with which we grew up. In addition to Lambhearted Lion, Brian blogs at UBFriends and Just Being There. Read More…

A New Leaf

I started blogging in 2004. President Bush had just been re-elected and I had thoughts, thoughts I wanted to share with people. The Grenz became the place where I did that. Over the years, I have posted pictures, described what it was like to plant a church, made the case for every candidate running for President in 2008, reviewed books, had long hiatuses, and ticked people off with some of my political and theological stands.

It’s been a fun ride. Read More…

The Grenz Is Back

More than a year ago, I decided to move the Grenz over to my personal website and use iWeb to update it. This was a great idea in theory. I wasn’t blogging very much anymore anyway, and I was going to focus on writing less frequently and more substantively. But I didn’t.

As it turns out, being that iWeb is an offline program, I had to be very intentional about blogging. And it felt like I was blogging in a vacuum.

I missed the Grenz.

So, I decided to bring the Grenz back, here on Blogger, where it was born. It’s had a bit of a facelift, and I’m planning on using it like I always did – linking articles, pictures, snide remarks that are too long for Twitter, and occasional thoughtful commentary. I’m excited about this … and looking forward to being a blogger again.

Here’s hoping I’ve still got a few readers.

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The Less Clutter, Less Noise Blog Tour

Today, the Grenz is participating in the Less Clutter, Less Noise Blog Tour. Kem Meyer, communications director for Granger Community Church, is answering a series of questions. Below is my Q & A with her.

We’d love for you to get in on the discussion. So … share your thoughts about what we’re discussing, and I will choose one participant in the discussion to receive a FREE copy of Kem’s book Less Clutter, Less Noise. (Hey Facebook readers, if you’d like to be eligible for the free book, your comment has to be posted on The Grenz rather than Facebook, ok?)

Here is what Kem and I are talking about.

ROBB

Our church likes to be (more than) a little edgy in our sermon themes, hoping to speak the language of our culture. For instance, we preached a series on sex called Turned On. We’ve also themed series after movies such as Vantage Point and Transformers. Can you suggest any guiding principles for choosing themes that are very relevant but don’t cross the line of being in bad taste?

KEM

Robb, there is just no foolproof answer to this. Speaking the language of our culture is always going to take us into places of uncomfortable tension because we have the burden of knowledge and desire for purity. And, like every topic under the sun, there will be liberal and conservative debates about it. But, I think it’s worth the risk and you have to find where your own personal conviction lies. It’s different for every church and maybe even different for each pastor on staff at the same church.

For example, in our church, we try to avoid dropping trucker slang because we just don’t feel it’s necessary. Although the definition of “trucker slang” varies for every single person on our staff. Shut-up to one person is as inappropriate as the f bomb to another.

We recently did a series called “Sex for Sale” and we were fine with it. No moral conflict whatsoever. A few months earlier, we chose not to do a series on forgiveness called “The other F word” because we felt it might be going too far. Ironically enough, the “Sex for Sale” series won us hate mail and phone calls from people who called us evil, corrupt and reported us to the Attorney General and Better Business Bureau. (I kid you not.)

Whether you are a pastor, church leader, or ministry servant, do not fear the wrath of what other church people think about the risks you take. Instead, fear the thought of people who will live an eternity without experiencing Christ. Sometimes, you have to lower the bar so someone can accept the invitation to a higher bar. It’s worth it. Where is that line for you? That’s between you and God. I believe he uses all of us in different places to reach different people. You maintain your confidence and keep pushing the edge. I’ll pray along with you for divine intervention and wisdom.

Curious what other questions Kem is answering? Read more of the Less Clutter, Less Noise Blog Tour at her blog, Less Clutter, Less Noise.

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