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

An Open Letter to Andy Stanley

Tom BuckChristianity28 Comments

(After prayer and reflection, this open letter is to Andy Stanley regarding his recent sermon and subsequent Twitter apology.) UPDATE 03/05/2016: I want to publicly thank Andy Stanley for editing the sermon to remove the remarks he made about small churches. It is still my prayer that he will be willing to make a more public statement to let pastors of small churches know that he loves and supports them. But this is a wonderful thing Andy did and shows his true humility. I have found Andy to be more than willing to interact with those who disagree with him. I am so thankful for that. UPDATE 03/08/2016: Andy Stanley has expanded on his comments and initial apology here: Andy Stanley Explains … Read More