154 - Christianity is Lived “Inside” Cultures
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Wednesday, December 10 2008 12:57|
My pastor and I used to go to lunch at Steak and Shake every Friday—back in the 1990s when the franchise was under-managed and the buildings were stuck in the 1950s.
I remember thinking dozens of times, This is such a great product. What a super opportunity for someone to refresh a tattered brand and update the facilities. Today, of course, all Steak and Shake restaurants have been modernized and new ones regularly pop up everywhere.
Steak and Shake fell on hard times because they didn’t keep up with the culture. It astonishes me how many churches are just like Steak and Shake. We have such a great product, but in many cases we haven’t kept pace with the culture. As a result, our buildings look stuck in a time warp. Many of our traditions are out of step with the times too (e.g. style of music and language forms). No wonder “sales” are down! Thank God for all the churches who have kept pace with the times but, in many places, the “brand” needs refreshing.
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