... but don't get me started. Willow Creek is coming to town. Soon. Downtown. Now, Chicago is big enough where we shouldn't have to worry about the competition. But the fact is, I'm referring to churches. With Wal-Mart, there is an upfront advantage to calling it competition. It is what it is. This, however, is the Church. Not to be confused with consummerism by any means. But that's what it's come to mean. Not for everybody. But for way, way too many people.
Is all they do bad. Nooo... I've got some great friends who came from some of those factory-churches. And they send down quite a few workers to assist us in our soup kitchen ministries. They have small groups where people actually learn about Jesus and opportunities for them to serve Christ. I'm not angry with specific Mega's. I'm frustrated with the patterns that are developing within and honestly destroying the American version of the Church. Greg Horton (Horton hears a "What??") is really upset, but I think he spills some of my frustrations with a clarion call to build the kingdom.