My Smart-Aleck Response

My Smart-Aleck Response


On Facebook, I posted a comment supporting a recent blog by Neil Cole about why the “organic church movement” is important. One of my smart-aleck Facebook friends responded:

Organic Church Movement? Is that a movement naturally fertilized? Or maybe movement marching only to organ music. Could also be a church movement of Kidneys, Livers and Colons?

Ministry One to Another?

So I thought I’d be a smart aleck in responding:

Organic church is the antidote to artificial church – you know, the kind where you go to a directed “service” and are expected to be passive, while the rock-band performance is called “worship”, the monologue podium speech is called “sharing”, the fifteen seconds of being told to stand up and shake hands with some anonymous folks around you is called “fellowship”, and looking at the back of the head in the pew in front of you is called “relationship”.

It is the antidote to sole-proprietor “pastors” who build organizations around their gift and calling, as opposed to community and participatory meetings where we minister one to another as commanded in the New Testament.

It is the antidote to “clergy” who are over “laity”, as opposed to elders who come from among, and are of, the people.

It is the antidote to “rah rah” youth ministries that isolate our children and perpetuate false spirituality through continually induced emotional highs that leave little substance – or maturity – when they eventually go out into the world.

It is the antidote to passive, spoon-fed Christianity that revolves around the Sunday morning “show”, controlled programs and manipulative “vision”.

Next question?



3 responses to “My Smart-Aleck Response

  1. Hello,

    Would you please consider removing the comment above to Crossroad Junction? Sadly, while the article itself is innocuous, that site is rife with slander, gossip and attacks of the worst possible kind by a man who has a history of excommunication from national organizations (the Moral Majority), his last local church and most recently more than 30 known leaders and authors in the Organic Church movement. Most recently he’s promoted the accusations of a man who claims to have an earned PhD from UCLA which the registrar’s office denies. Jim apparently failed to do due diligence in this and simply passed on gossip and hearsay of the worst possible kind against others.

    More information can be found if needed at or you may contact me by email. Thanks for your consideration. I’m hoping that you wont want to be connected with this sort of slander by connecting to it and lending the strength of your blog and reputation to such a man.

    Bart Breen

  2. Dear Sirs: I didn’t initially apply for this subscription. Someone else sent it to me with my subscription. It is
    nice but never have time to read. I don’t understand the
    instructions for unsubscribing. Plez help. What does
    “Unfollow a blog” mean?

    • Thank you for your request. Unfortunately, I cannot unsubscribe you. You will have to click “Unfollow a blog” I’m not sure, but I believe it will stop you from receiving comments on a particular blog post or the entire blog.
      I’ll dig a little deeper when I have time.
      Thanks for your time.

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