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This question would be a HUGE series for a church willing to tackle these type of issues. From a new blog I am reading.

what is something you feel you can’t say in church, or around other christians?
for example…mine would be, “i suck at reading my bible.”
funny, serious, whatever…what’s yours?


Click here to read the over 100 responses.

one of the keys of our faith is honesty, yet we struggle to be honest about who we are, what we struggle with, and why…I do anyway.

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Interesting post on Phil Cooke’s blog about the cultural differences in the modern church movement. Here is a clip. The comments are interesting, go to his blog to check them out if you would like. There is a gapping hole for a blend of experience and relevance. Can the 2 be married?

What Is “Contemporary” In The African-American Church Community?
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April 28, 2008
When I lectured at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, the administrator of a large African American church in the South asked me an interesting question. In the context of “contemporary” churches, you might find Ed Young, Bil Cornelius, Perry Noble, Erwin McManus, or Greg Groeschel. These are guys who generally preach in casual clothes, understand marketing, are savvy with technology, and yet still preach a Christ centered message. They’re also White. She asked, “But what about African-American churches? Is there a category of “contemporary” African-American churches? Do any Black pastors – even contemporary ones – preach in casual clothes? Do they conduct services that would be similar to these pastors mentioned above?” It’s an interesting question. It’s not an issue or right or wrong. I wonder if it points to a cultural difference? Particularly for my African-American readers – what are some examples of the most contemporary (non-traditional) Black pastors and churches out there?

Here is a stat report from WordPress:
Here’s what you rascals did last month, with a few new and improved stats:

  • 240,494 blogs were created.
  • 281,729 new users joined.
  • 2,533,704 file uploads. (Y’all use the new uploader a lot more.)
  • About 740 gigabytes of new files. (Estimated, better number next month.)
  • 317 terabytes of content transferred from our datacenters. (Compare to last time we published transfer numbers.)
  • 3,258,032 posts and 1,330,355 new pages.
  • 5,775,721 comments.
  • 4,903,485 logins.
  • 655,178,604 pageviews on WordPress.com, and another 408,359,440 on self-hosted blogs. (1,063,538,044 pageviews total across blogs using our stats system. We broke a billion!!)
  • 63,730,680 pageviews in RSS feeds.
  • 884,208 active blogs, where “active” means they got a human visitor.
  • 152,005,525 unique people visited WordPress.com-hosted blogs.
  • Random facts:
  • About 30% of pageviews go to blogs with their own domains.
  • 43% of pageviews to permalink pages.
  • 30% of pageviews go to blogs in languages other than English. The most popular? Spanish, Portuguese, and Indonesian.
  • 63% of our visitors were from outside of the United States.
  • About 93% of pageviews were to people not logged in.
  • People logged in somewhere using OpenID 84 thousand times.
  • Blogs using the Digg3 theme got 5.26% of total traffic.
  • There were 475 posts made via the Atom API (234,831 with XML-RPC).
  • We sent 3,761,059 emails.

Your church people, your band following, your friends, relatives, and enemies all read blogs. Blogs are bigger than the newspaper ever could be. The reach, the influence. If you are reading this, you probably already know…but you may not be blogging. Get on board.

I was reading last night about the slowest group of adaptors to the 2.0 experience are church people. We have to speak the language of our culture. Twitter, blog, podcast, myspace, facebook, etc are the tools to speak into your congregation! get on the bus before the bus rolls out. (I say that with passion and hope, not condemnation)

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