A good friend of mine recently posted the above photo of a local church sign on his Google+ page. He questioned whether or not this church and pastor had crossed the line with this idea and design concept. The popular image is obviously borrowed from the famous For Dummies brand and book franchise. I’d say it powerfully plays on the concept of foolishness and the value of godly wisdom. And with that, I say to the pastor and the church, “Bravo!” However, the question is a valid one that requires one’s attention. How far is too far? Where should we draw the line with engaging popular culture? Where does outreach and engagement end; and where does compromise and apostasy begin?

Welcome to Powerpoints! With this blog we’ll engage lots of questions like the ones I just raised and more. And it’s our goal to find some meaningful solutions. We constantly mine the word for insights toward revitalized ministry praxis and a righteous life. We read books and watch videos seeking meaningful, relevant methods for ministry. And we examine cultural trends and current events to help us know how/where to reach the people. Here is one more place where those issues and concerns intersect. We’ll have various posts from a number of expert contributors along the lines of theology and hermeneutics, church polity, spirituality, technology and more. And it’s all for the sake of equipping you with tools for a more fruitful ministry and helping you to teach and lead the people; wherever you are.

We know you’re going to enjoy what happens here. So please chime in and let us know what you’re thinking. As a matter of fact, let’s start with the questions I raised earlier. Do you think the sign goes too far? How far is too far when it comes to engaging media and culture in ministry?

Christopher C. Thompson

Christopher C.
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Dr. Christopher C. Thompson currently serves as Communication Director for the Southeastern Conference of SDA. As a pastor, author, teacher and church resource developer who is passionate about the spiritual growth process, he works tirelessly to develop tools to aid pastors and parishioners alike. Click below to follow him on twitter or visit his website.

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