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Christianity Thomas on 18 May 2010 12:25 am

The modern church service, deconstructed

If you have been to a “modern” church service at a megachurch, the pattern described here is all too familiar:

Over and over and over again every Sunday. What do Christians get out of this? How could such a service drive the construction of $100 million churches?

Baptist Megachurch Commits $115M for Massive Campus

First Baptist Church of Dallas has raised more than $115 million for a new campus, surpassing what any Protestant megachurch has ever collected toward a project.

The new state-of-the-art campus is reportedly the largest church expansion program in modern history. By March 2013, FBC will have a 1.5 million-square-foot campus complete with a new 3,000-seat worship center, a six-floor education building, recreation areas, a sky bridge made of glass, a fountain and a parking garage.

He prayed, “As we build this church physically … we pray you will build it spiritually. We pray this church will be a lighthouse, a beacon of Your truth drawing people to the cross of Jesus Christ.”

9 Responses to “The modern church service, deconstructed”

  1. on 18 May 2010 at 1:20 pm 1.Blue said …

    That $115M could have gone to poor people who actually needed it. :’(

  2. on 18 May 2010 at 6:54 pm 2.Former attender said …

    And you know what will destroy the whole thing?

    ONE BLOW JOB.

    Seriously. One Pastor gets caught with a girl from church and the whole thing falls apart and you have an empty mega building. I have seen it time and time again.

  3. on 19 May 2010 at 1:35 pm 3.Observer said …

    Mark Souder! Yet another hypocrite fundamentalist piece of garbage Christian Republican falls by the wayside. I suppose on the bright side, he was not raping underage boys. Hell, he was not even cruising for homo heat in airport lavs like other of his Republican colleagues. On second thought, this back-bencher should be one of the Republicans’ standard bearers. Maybe he will start working for the de facto head of the Republican party Rush Limbaugh?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/us/politics/19souder.html?ref=politics

  4. on 19 May 2010 at 2:11 pm 4.Horatio said …

    Let me help you Buster. You need to branch out from your bankrupt far left laughable publication know as the NY Times. Try some WSJ to get some real information that will not continue you on this warped tirade of yours. Try anything that doesn’t feed this unjustified ego of yours.
    Hate of your fellow man, especially those just better than you, will be detrimental to your health when you get some age on you.

  5. on 19 May 2010 at 3:52 pm 5.3D said …

    Yes, the New York Times, the publication that printed verbatim pro-war arguments and fabrications directly from the Oval Office on its front page day after day for half a year, to help shape public opinion about the Iraq war in favor of invasion, is a left-wing liberal rag.

    Also, snakes can talk and people were made out of mud.

    This has been your ‘True Facts of the Day’ segment.

  6. on 19 May 2010 at 9:15 pm 6.Burebista said …

    “that printed verbatim pro-war arguments and fabrications directly from the Oval Office on its front page day after”

    And they, along with almost every member in the DNC. Do we call them Right Wing loonies now?

    Nobody is reading the NYT so it really doesn’t matter

  7. on 19 May 2010 at 11:02 pm 7.Observer said …

    BurbeHor- NYTimes far left? How quaintly parochial. No one reads it? I am sure that is the case in your circles. They don’t read academic journals, particularly anything related to science, either.

  8. on 20 May 2010 at 7:03 pm 8.yukonrev said …

    I’m a retired mainline ordained minister who was basically killed in action while in the NAVY in 1978 but, unfortunately I’m still waiting to die from the hep-c I picked up from a needle stick injury as a corpsman.
    I’m dealing with it by questioning everything, and y’know what??? It works.
    A very large picture of Jesus, the one with him laughing at you from the deck of a fishing boat graces my tiny backwoods cabin…wood heat, no electric, basically a fishing shack where I live and wait and re-consider.
    I read mostly Nietzsche now, and Sartre.

    As for what happens in a worship service..especially the BIG ones that do an “alter call” I’ve known for a long time that it’s more a re-creation of what goes on in a man’s prostrate gland at the moment of ejaculation than anything genuinely “holy.” I’ve tried not to be that kind of pastor and I’m convinced I succeeded. The wrecking balls and dissolved congregations in my professional wake testify to my best accomplishments. The little churches were fine. The snooty snob factories all tanked or consolodated.
    So I did what Jesus told me to do…reek havoc on the pharisees and embrace the poor and underneath the big picture of Jesus in my cabin there’s a caption where Jesus is saying something that includes one of those words you can’t say on TV (but I spell it with a PH instead of an F)
    “PH…the Pharisees! Let’s go Phishin’!” mc

  9. on 20 May 2010 at 11:46 pm 9.Rostam said …

    wood heat and no electric but you manage to make it to the blog? You really did tap in to the divine my friend.

    I just left the funeral of an 18 year old boy. The 3 death of a HS student in the last 2 months. The amazing thing is to watch a family who is the genuine article and the joy they still have even in the midst of tragedy. Completely different from a family without any hope. I much prefer the first.

    That speaks louder than any science on God ever could or will.

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