Book Review: The Prodigal Church by Jared C. Wilson

Nate PickowiczBook Reviews, Christianity4 Comments

ared C. Wilson has written the book I’ve wanted to write for 10 years, but didn’t know where to begin. The problem is so large, so complicated, so involved, with too many emotions woven into it. For me, I’ve struggled with frustration, bitterness, sorrow, even despair over what I experienced, as well as with what I know countless other Christians have experienced—being chewed through the gears of the seeker/attractional church movement. Wilson faces this giant head-on in The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo. Frankly, the book is so honest, so direct, so revealing, that I couldn’t put it down. I found myself hunched over, highlighter in hand, repeating phrases like, “Yes!” and “Thank you” and “Spot … Read More

The Myth of the Self-Feeder

Nate PickowiczChristianity2 Comments

first heard the term “self-feeder” at large church I used to attend. It was a term tossed around freely, but never from the pulpit. It was a phrase used as a responsive device, never as an official church stance. Let me explain. A person attends for a certain amount of time and begins to develop the desire to grow. With the Sunday morning messages designed for “seekers”, our friend finds very little substance and looks for more. After a season of enduring the pastor’s weekly “sermonette”, our friend becomes frustrated, craving something deeper. They turn to one of the church leaders and complain, “I’m just not getting fed.” And this is where the pastor trots out the oft-used line: “Sunday morning isn’t … Read More

Andy Stanley, Megachurches, and the Bullying of Christ’s Bride

Nate PickowiczChristianity22 Comments

number of years ago, my wife and I were members of a large New England church; a “megachurch.” Now, it’s very important that I differentiate between a “large” church and a “megachurch” as it’s more than simply number of people in attendance each week. This church is what I would consider to be the latter. Some telling characteristics included: It was unashamedly modeled after Willow Creek. It was decidedly seeker-sensitive. It was contemporary, even cutting edge. Copies of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life were never in short supply in the church bookstore. Every ministry had a cool name and an even cooler slogan. They had exquisite coffee. You get the picture. After about four years, my wife and I were growing … Read More

[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 036 – 90 Day Tithing Challenge

Landon ChapmanPodcast Episodes4 Comments

Show Notes Summary On today’s show Landon reaches into the mailbag again and discusses tithing and leaving a mega church. Then, he discusses a video from the Pride festival at Duke University before playing a portion of the iconic sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. (Click “Read More” for detailed show notes.)