Why people don't live the Gospel

This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

A list from Bill Easum:
  1. Concern for membership rather than discipleship
  2. Concern for size rather than quality
  3. Sin
  4. Lack of spiritual direction from pastors (especially mainline)
  5. Pastors who won't tell it like it is and hold problem people accountable
  6. Sin
  7. Too much emphasis on current theology rather than living missiology
  8. Christianity becoming a way of life rather than a life and death movement
  9. Bultmann and all that crowd
  10. Sin, did I mention that already?
  11. Removing salvation as the primary emphasis of Christianity
  12. Putting Christianity on an equal plane with all other major religions
  13. Sin
  14. Affluence
  15. The removal of the supernatural from the mainline tradition
  16. Too much reliance on the emotional among some of the side line groups
  17. Development of the institutional church in place of the missional or organic church
The solution to the problem lies in the undoing of at least the above and problem much more. I know this seems simplistic, but the good news is simple. We just make it either too difficult for people to understand and thus live it, or too simple for people to believe and thus live it.

Stop turning your back

This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

Some good quotes found in the comments at DashHouse.com from my brother Arthur, including this one:
The Church has to face society and not turn its back on it. If you're facing away from someone and you're trying to talk to him, he can't hear you - you're mumbling; you're not interested. What you're saying is, "Come over here. It's better over here," as opposed to saying, "I'm going to come to you - I'm interested in you; how can I serve you?" The days of "tell me" are over. The days of "show me" are in. (Jim Stewert)

Stop turning your back

My brother Arthur left a few quotes in the comment section below. They're all good; here's a sample:
The Church has to face society and not turn its back on it. If you're facing away from someone and you're trying to talk to him, he can't hear you - you're mumbling; you're not interested. What you're saying is, "Come over here. It's better over here," as opposed to saying, "I'm going to come to you - I'm interested in you; how can I serve you?" The days of "tell me" are over. The days of "show me" are in. (Jim Stewert)
Right on.