Showing posts from November, 2010

There's Nothing Like The Real Thing

In 1985, The Coca-Cola Company decided to make a change to their world-renowned formula by introducing a new campaign and new taste for their soft drink.  It only took days (even hours in some cases) before loyal Coca-Cola drinkers began to share their distaste (yes, I said it) in the company's decision.  Needless to say, this day in history is remembered by some as the fall of Coca-Cola.  Fortunately for Coca-Cola drinkers, the formula had been changed back to the original and the company has continued to use the original since the failings of 1985.

Thinking about this near-disaster, I can't help but reflect on the implications for the Church today.  How many times do we try to "reinvent" Church by changing our "formulas" (from worship styles to doctrinal beliefs)?  Granted, some of the changes are welcome and much needed so that the Church is constantly working to reach the unchurched in society.  But, when we begin to change the foundations upon which th…

Overcoming Obstacles to Faith

Just the other day, I was at a well-known grocery/department store to pick up a prescription and a few grocery items.  Much to my surprise however, was a maze of center aisle displays with a bunch of "stuff" vying for my attention as I navigated my way to the pharmacy counter and then to the back of the store for the milk and eggs (ever notice that these things are almost always located in the back of the store?).  At any other time of the year, these aisles are relatively clear and it is easy to get where you need to go and get out before making any impulse buying decisions.  Of course, the store is preparing for the upcoming Christmas (and therefore, shopping) season, and to catch those early buyers they are enticing you to buy things that you probably don't need anyway.  Adding to the idea that somehow we have comfort in our "stuff", these things are priced "at amazingly low prices!" so as to save us something so that our lives can be happier and m…