More Woodlief

Several people have expressed to me how much they liked Tony Woodlief’s piece linked below. Here’s some of his work on World Magazine’s webzine. The Burger Kingization of Christianity makes the click worth it. Read Tony. You’ll like him.

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4 responses to “More Woodlief

  1. Matt Chandler (http://www.thevillagechurch.net/) said in one of his sermons I was iPodding to that “Chrisitianity (or you could say ‘the Church’) used to be a small movement that made a big impact, but is now a large movement that is impotent.” I recalled this as I read Tony’s comment “In the face of these trends the Church has proven largely impotent..”
    It’s a good read and I agree. He is addressing several issues, two primarily are Christian Manhood and Christianity in action (missional living). Do you think Tony designed his flow from discussing Christian manhood to the missional failure of the local church, even unto Her own people? Meaning the lack of the one leads (has lead) to the failure of the other?

  2. Robert, I don’t know if that is what is intent was, or that one necessarily follows the other, but they are certainly connected. In our culture men have largely abdicated their responsibilities as leaders of the family and of the church. When those who are designed to lead abdicate, what can come but failure and disorder? Good observation.

  3. I just read this quote from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters “A moderate religion is as good for us as no religion at all – and more amusing.” Seems C.S. didn’t need our modern Mega-churches to see that mediocrity in Christ is deadly, no matter it’s size

  4. “And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon” (Isa 39:7). Perhaps we are witnessing the same covenantal curse Hezekiah was warned about. Could the emasculation of the church be the work of God, who will not be mocked? That doesn’t eradicate our responsibility, but it shows where repentance must begin.

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