The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a great article in yesterday’s paper on Billy Graham. Graham doesn’t give many interviews anymore. This was a beautiful glimpse about what his relationship with Christ, his wife, and his calling looks like now. Read it. I’m sure you’ll be blessed.
A couple of days ago in my post, What are the Top 10 Issues the Church Will Face in the Next 10 Years I spoke about a number of issues that the church is dealing with. In the post I mentioned that these are not the 10 issues that will make it into the book, but some of the issues that I see.
Here are a couple more.
1) Holiness – I was having dinner with a couple on Friday night. They are also involved in ministry at a local church. They talked about the seeming lack of desire for holy living that they see in so many people their age in their church. It’s easy to get discouraged. It’s as if we have a generation of people who want to be Christian, but be able to do what everyone else in society is doing. A challenge for the church in this and every generation is how do we live in such a way that pleases God and inpact society. How do we say, “No,” to sinful desires and pursue righteousness. It’s like the quote I posted by John Piper last week. “Sin is what you do when your heart isn’t satisfied with God.”
2) Lack of Credibility in Church Leaders – The trust level of those who lead churches has been damaged in recent years. Tales of corruption, unethical behavior, and church leaders who live anything but holy lives has hurt the cause of the church. Human beings are flawed. We are sinners. But, those who have the unique role of being leaders in the church of Christ need to live lives that are above reproach. This can only happen when the Holy Spirit is controlling us. One of the challenges that pastors face in this generation is the amount of time that it takes to earn credibility. So many pastors jump ship after just a couple of years in a church. We need leaders who are committed to serving for the long haul.
So, what do you think are some of the issues that the church has to grapple with in the next several years?
There is a touching story on Daniel Olsen’s impact on children on the KSTP website. You can view that video here: http://www.kstp.com/article/stories/S43979.shtml?cat=1. Daniel’s funeral will be at 2:00 on Wednesday, April 11, at Wooddale Church. He will be buried at Fort Snelling immediately following the service. A reception at Eagan High School will follow the burial.
Please keep the Olsen’s in your prayer during this time.