When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine at Church

I subscribed to Wired Magazine this year and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The most recent issue contains an article that has been influential in the way that I think about church ministry. I highly recommend that you read – The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine by Robert Capps.

Skype, netbooks, Hulu.com and mp3 audio are all examples that Capps uses to assert that more performance, power and fidelity are not always best. The thesis of Capps article is captured in this quote:

Entire markets have been transformed by products that trade power or fidelity for low price, flexibility, and convenience.
Erin Biba

I think that this has applications for the local church. Hollywood level production, high definition screens and handouts for every class are not necessary for people to grow in their faith. Spiritual disciplines are simple, free and can be practiced in many times and places. One difference is that the spiritual life is not one that is convenient. It takes commitment and may often be inconvenient.

What do you think about the article referenced above? What could the church learn from this thesis?

Scripture: Flexible and Resilient

Back in December, I started thinking about what would be the opposite of the scriptures being fragile. (See the comment conversation at – Were there really wise men?) I believe that the word of God as contained in the Old and New Testaments is both resilient and flexible.

Let me be clear that I do not advocate for using scripture to prove whatever point one may be interested in making, i.e. prooftexting. However, I do think that the story of God’s work in the world and the narrative of God’s people is not a fragile one that can be broken down by pointing to small inconsistencies. I believe that in scripture we see the best portrait of Jesus, who in turn is perhaps the clearest picture that we have of God.

What do you think?