Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Asleep in the light"

Dan Edelen has written a scathing essay on how the church in the United States is awash in Christian conferences. These conferences draw big-name speakers, thousands or participants, and cost millions upon millions of dollars. Yet somehow they don't seem to translate to revival. In China, on the other hand, the church holds no conferences, yet revival is burning brightly:
What if each of us took the money we had allocated to yet another conference on our calendars and instead used that money to pay for medical care for the uninsured single mother with four kids who lives down the street? What if we took the weekend we would have spent with our posteriors planted in some padded theater seat soaking up a message we already know from yet another “gifted” speaker we’ve heard a bazillion times already and instead spent that time fixing up the house of one of the elderly in our congregation? What if we actually took all the things we’ve already learned about Jesus and put them to use telling others about Him and doing good works in His name so that when we have to stand before Him we look like sheep, not goats?
Good questions. Dan is on to something here. My fellow Christian countrymen, are we listening?

4 Comments:

Blogger Dan Edelen said...

Milton,

I can't remember the last time a post burned so hard in me. It kept me up all night last Sunday.

Thanks for linking to it. I pray it blesses your readers.

11:20 AM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're welcome. Thanks for writing it, and I too pray it impacts readers. Peace.

6:02 PM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger Peter Bogert said...

Have to disagree with you two brethren. While it is possible to be over-conferenced, I generally attend one or two each year and never fail to come away instructed, edified, and encouraged - as well as challenged to do a better job in serving the Lord.

4:53 PM, March 19, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for another view, Peter.

Peace.

5:01 PM, March 19, 2007  

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