Monday, January 22, 2007

Reading the Big Idea in the ER

So what is there to do when you are stuck in an emergency room from 10 pm to 1 am? Well I don't know about you but for me its reading. Last night my daughter had an asthma attack and we had to rush her in to the e.r.

So I grabbed my book, "The BIG IDEA – Focus the Message and Multiply the Impact", and got a little reading done.

Here are a couple of Chapter One highlights:
1. "...the last thing the mission of Jesus Christ needs is more Christians." (That's right he said it and you are going to have to read to see why.)

2. "when the Barna Research Group did a survey involving 152 separate items comparing the general population with those who called themselves Christians, they found virtually no difference between the two groups." (Say it isn't so)

3. "We have bombarded our people with too many competing little ideas, and the result is a church with more information and less clarity than perhaps ever before." (Thought about this one all through today.)

4. "The effective teacher is like a person who takes a strong rope, ties one end around the big ideas of Scripture, ties the other end around the major themes of life, and then through the power of the Spirit struggles to pull the two together." (My biggest take-away from the chapter.)

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