Friday, April 22, 2005

More on why men don't attend church

Dan Edelen further explores reasons why women outnumber men in the pews. He mentions two books that deal with the subject, David Morrow's Why Men Hate Going to Church and John Eldredge's Wild at Heart. Dan goes on to offer several of his own thoughts. Most importantly, Dan says, is that men need to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in worship. He offers another explanation, too, which I found particularly challenging for full-time preachers:

You almost never hear any sermons about jobs. Most churches have nothing in place to help the unemployed within their ranks. And the Church in America no longer speaks to the business world on issues of cut-throat downsizing, outsourcing, discrimination against older employees, and the relentless expectation that employees put in longer hours at work. In short, the Church in this country has almost nothing to say about the one thing men spend more hours doing than anything else in their lives. That silence speaks volumes to men.

What are your thoughts?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Frank said...

Thanks for the great comment and lauching point. We took your post and CS's as well and then went a bit further in analyzing it from our prospective.

We still need to get togather before you leave town for the commonwealth. Email me frank@team-swap.com

Thanks for all you do, and your great blog. Stay strong, be encouraging, and serve God mightily.

1:40 PM, April 22, 2005  
Blogger John Schroeder said...

Milt, linked to this here

8:11 AM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Frank, for adding to the discussion at Swap Blog. I'll be e-mailing you soon to get together next week. Peace.

2:54 PM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for the link, John! Sorry for the delay on my part. Peace.

7:33 PM, April 25, 2005  

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