February 2015

All Things to All People

If you talk to church leaders in this country, they are in awe of South Korean churches, one of which has 800,000 members. [Yoido Full Gospel Church, a Pentecostal Church in Seoul] I was at a leadership conference a few years back, and the presenter was talking about church growth. Our basic problem, he said, is this: the average Methodist in South Korea invites two people to church every week but the average Methodist in the U.S. invites one person every 38 years. Do the math. Do you think we could learn something from our Korean sisters and brothers?

Reading the Bible in Africa

Here in the Gospel of Mark we learn that exorcisms were a hallmark of Jesus' ministry. "And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons." [1:39] The practice sounds perfectly medieval to us, but it is not. In fact, casting out demons is making quite a comeback in Christianity these days.