Head in the Sand?

April 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm (Uncategorized)


I am sitting in my favorite spot in Denton (besides home with my fam!) the Firehouse Coffee Cafe, and working on a little of this and little of that.  I am catching peices of an interesting news story:  It seems that President Ahmadinejad (from Iran) was speaking to the UN Racism Conference and  called Israel the most “cruel and racist regime” in the world.  This, of course, is no surprise.  This brought major disruptions during the speech, including things being thrown at him and people walking out.  What was really amusing was that the Iranian media TOTALLY ignored the disruptions in their own converage of the speech.  They stuck their heads in the sand and pretended it didn’t exist.

We do that in the church.  We sometimes have real issues that we refuse to address or confront and we stick our heads in the sand and pretend that they don’t exsist.  Mark Batterson refers to these issues as Elephants in the Church.  These are issues that most everybody knows exist, but nobody wants to talk about or adress or confront.  I am considering doing an elephant in the church series this summer/fall.

Any suggestions for an Elephant in the Church topic?



  1. Sean McCarthy said,

    here’s some for you
    – hypocrisy
    – the “only christians” mentality (arrogance)
    – putting on the nice face but hating people in your heart (Jesus deals with the heart)
    – treating ‘the fallen’ (people who fall from God seem to just get written off in most churches, but how does God want us to treat them really?)

    that’s just to name a few… i’ll have to think of more

  2. culturalawakening said,

    Sounds like a great sermon series idea. I may use that here as well. I’m not sure what to suggest to you though. It seems that each church will have their own set of possibilities in this area. These will be based on how, why, when or where they started. Each church will also have to take into account the peaks and valleys in their history that have made them who they are. Each individual church will have to look at where they are located as well. I mean, a church in a rural farming community of 2000 people will have a completely different set of circumstances than a church in a suburb of LA, etc. So I’m not sure that I can suggest anything that would be a specific help, because what I would need to say here might be different than what you need to say there. Great idea though. I’m going to use it in the future if you don’t mind. 😀

    • billyjohnsonlive said,

      Stan- Just don’t credit me. Check Mark Batterson’s link, that is where I got it from. There are some cool graphic and video resources FREE there.

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