When we do it in physical class, students work in groups and design their ads on the board.
Several patterns usually happen: the largest majority of church names have the words "unity" or "unified,: etc.
Here are some ads from a Visalia FPU class (click or right click pics to enlarge)
If you are on facebook, click this link to see more church ads one class made :
BUT here are two very very telling results.
1)I always ask the students to look at all the ads. I then hold up a Saturday newspaper from the town I am teaching in, and open to the page with church ads. I say, "This ALWAYS happens. Not once in this class, or in any class in all my years of this class has anyone ever thought to include in their ad the one thing that is in 99 to 100 percent of the church ads."
Students are stumped.
The answer is: The name of the pastor or priest.
Amazing: Why is that? Why does our culture so emphasize the pastor that their name is always in the ad, and often their picture?
How many times would you guess the word "pastor" shows up in the Bible?
An important concept, right?
The answer is ZERO.
It IS there in the plural--"pastorS" ,,but only once and in passing.
Click these two sentencs, to open up links with some short commentary on this.
Watch this:2)Not once has a class church been designed where the ad says they meet in a traditional church building...they are in parks, in homes, in shopping malls, on FPT campus.
In the Bible, there is no such thing as a church building. Church never means building in the Bible.
As you read in Philemon, the church that meets in your house." etc
Whats up with this? What do you think?
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