Meanwhile, in Iran and Iraq, Christians are being tortured and killed for continuing to talk about Jesus and the hope he offers.
It does rather annoy me to hear Christians in the West talking about how Christianity would be more attractive and our churches would grow if we had better music, bigger bands, and people turned up to church on time to hear scintillating 20 minute sermons with good PowerPoint presentations and plenty of carparking space available outside.
I bet you 20 cents that the Christians being persecuted for continuing to trust their Lord in the Middle East are not thinking about car spaces. But their advice that church growth might be aided by suffering and martyrdom in the cause of the gospel is unlikely to be broadly popular as part of strategic thinking in churches in the Sydney Hills district. How about in your church?