Malcolm Gladwell On Rick Warren

While perusing the internet tonight, I came across an article written by Malcolm Gladwell, who wrote two excellent books The Tipping Point and Blink, on Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of the Purpose Driven Life.

The article focuses on Warren’s emphasis on small groups and how he was able to grow his church and sell his books because he understood the power of small groups. Gladwell does a good job summarizing Warren’s approach and shows why it works well.

I would agree that small groups do work to grow numbers and sell stuff, ask Tupperware, Amway, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay etc. But I will also point you to a minor point in Gladwell’s article–small groups only agree with their small groups. Christians are largely splintered today. More and more people are dropping out of church to be with a small group where they sit around and share.

The Bible does say that the local church with pastors was the mode in force to edify the body of believers to bring them to unity (see Ephesians 4). You can grow huge churches and sell tons of books with good marketing, that’s what Warren proves.

However, when it comes to edifying the Body of Christ, God probably knows best on that one. If you want to disagree with me, read the article first and get back to me.

Painter Of Blight

I was a bit behind the curve on this one but I got it now. Thomas Kinkade, known as the “painter of light,” has long claimed to be a Christian and uses religious sounding words to get people to trust him and his work and business practices. Well, turns out Mr. Light Painter has some “issues.”

“In court documents and other testimony, he has been accused of sexual harassment, fraudulent business practices and bizarre incidents of drunkenness including a habit of “ritual territory marking” that involves urinating in public places.”

It’s the urinating in public that strikes me as most interesting. Get this one. Kinkade has several times been seen “urinating in public – in an elevator and on a model of Winnie the Pooh at a Disneyland hotel. “This one’s for you, Walt,” Mr Sheppard claimed the artist said as he did so.”

Now that’s just funny. A bit odd, but funny. He sounds like a charming individual.

Choc Full O’ Jesus

George Heslop is a sculptor who enjoys working in chocolate. Well, not actually working in chocolate, he sculpts things out of chocolate. He especially enjoys sculpting crucifixes with Jesus on them around the Easter season. He does this primarily to get attention and cause a stir.

Not sure why it would bug people that a guy would make a crucifix out of chocolate. What’s the difference between chocolate and wood or silver? Chocolate can be eaten, bonus there. Jesus told us to eat his flesh and drink his blood right? This makes it easier. With all the problems in the world, this ranks pretty low for me.

Boycott Indians

South Dakota is attempting to ban abortion in their state. If they do so, the Oglala Sioux tribe has vowed to open a women’s clinic that offers contraceptives and abortion on demand. Indian reservations are not subject to state law as they are federally run properties. They are completely lawful in doing this.

Looks to me like the Church should have finished them off when we started. South Dakota that is.

Support Your Local Blog

The anti-itch meditation, after long hours of market research and brainstorming, has created our first two t-shirts! They are somewhat reasonably priced and will give the anti-itcher a bit of a profit, not enough to feed the kids with, but it’ll buy a candy bar or something. Or, I mean, to donate to church.

The first two items for sale are beautiful heavyweight cotton t-shirts both selling for $15.

To take a closer look at these shirts and order your own, click here and buy ’til your heart’s content.

Nice Testimony

Pastor Tim White was fired from his church when his doctrine began to disagree with the church’s. Apparently he was getting into strange things about angels possessing people and caring for babies and stuff. The church fired him because they thought he was getting a bit weird for their taste.

The elders used the by-laws of the church to fire him. Problem is, the by-laws don’t agree with the church constitution. Therefore, White claims he was never really fired. He then began preaching across the street from the church. Then the church took out a restraining order on him to keep him away from them.

Now it’s in court and getting weirder. The court said the church can’t have a restraining order because he’s not really doing anything to them. White has begun preaching across the street again.

Wow, with the Church like this, who needs the world?

Important Stuff

Nicole Kidman wants to marry country “singer” Keith Urban. Problem is that she is a divorcee and she wants to be married in the Catholic Church, which does not allow divorcees to get married.

The Catholic Church does not allow divorcees to remarry, but the source said a priest had told family members that Kidman and Urban could still have a church service. It is believed Kidman has been told it was likely she would be granted an annulment of her marriage to Cruise, a Scientologist, because it did not conform to the requirements of the church.

I hope the Catholic Church comes through for them, Nic and Keith are in serious love. Recently they were seen together in Nashville. “They laughed and chatted while shopping in the country music capital – with a romantic Urban even opening the car door for Kidman.”

Oh, I’m so excited for them. I sure hope the Church doesn’t ruin their happiness.

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