A Joke or Reality?

I recently received an advertising pamphlet about a local church in town where I live. It prompted me to visit their website. After discovering what this church is about, I didn’t know whether someone was playing a cruel joke or if this is for real. The following is their own words in describing their worship service:

The Celebration worship times are 9:00am and 10:15am. We’re not big on doing church the traditional way, so dress casual and come worship God in a relaxed, contemporary, and informal setting! Gather your family around a table, have coffee or juice, and a treat while one of the bands, Down to Earth and Altar Ego play uplifting and contemporary music. The sermons are short, practical, and positive. The entire worship service is approximately forty five minutes.

I’m afraid this is no joke. These people sincerely believe that they are doing a church.


4 thoughts on “A Joke or Reality?

  1. Too little information is supplied here, I believe. So many Churches are trying to appeal for a variety of Christ followers; some being very traditional; others being very non-traditional in appearances but essentially very Christian based in their beliefs.

    I certainly prefer the more traditional services on Sundays and will often attend a non-traditional service on Wednesdays. The messages are just as real as the other; just another manner or vessel of teaching the messages.

  2. It’s a shame that you probably don’t get to hear the bands play since surely much of the 45 minutes is used preaching teaching imitating the preaching of God’s word, showing poor sinners misguied souls what they must do to be saved from sin, hell, and God’s wrathpoor self esteem.

    Don’t the band names, “Down to Earth” and “Alter Ego” just about say it all?


  3. txbluebonnet,

    “Too little information is supplied here…”

    I would suspect so but not the what you mean by “too little information.”

    “So many Churches are trying to appeal for a variety of Christ followers…”

    Churches weren’t really given a mandate to “try to appeal” to anyone. Too often modern churches are trying to enterain people into the kingdom rather than presenting the the true gospel of Christ (not simply half truths). Read Charles H. Spurgeon’s article, “Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats.”

    Particularly to the point:

    “Run after these people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style of service tomorrow, something short and attractive with little preaching. We will have a pleasant evening for the people. Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it. Be quick, Peter, we must get the people somehow!” Jesus pitied sinners, sighed and wept over them, but never sought to amuse them. In vain will the Epistles be searched to find any trace of the gospel amusement.

    I think that there’s plenty of information here.

    Thomas M

  4. txbluebonnet,

    Many would disagree that there is “too little information is supplied here.” I don’t think you’re discerning the obvious. Perhaps what is obvious to many is not to you. The point is not about the differences in style. It is about the substance. What churches believe about the substance do show through their practice.

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