I like stuff. People like stuff. And therefore churches like stuff. You're not a credible church if you don't have at least a projector that displays Powerpoints, a cool banner, a cool website, lots of cool pamphlets, some cool artwork (preferably made from fabric on the walls), and a bass guitar. A good church, however has a Wii, a dance mat, sofas, a coffee machine, TVs (to show Nooma videos on, of course) and fairy lights. Because, as we all know that people like stuff, the more stuff we do have the more people will want to come into our church. This is stuffangelism.
It turns out though that Jesus wasn't a fan of stuffangelism. In Luke 9 he sends out his disciples. He makes some strange decisions. He doesn't stand there and say, 'Here are some pamphlets to give out. Here's one on divorce, another on homosexuality, and some on money, jobs, mums, dads, teenagers, grandparents...Just to get anyone you meet started, really. Here are some cool hoodies with our cool church logo on it. Yes, the text on the back is rather amusing, I know. I thought of it myself. Here are some cool wristbands with our cool website address on it. Yes, they change colour with your mood. Here are some give away iPods with Matt Redman tunes preloaded. No, there isn't any Tim Hughes on there. Also, here are some skittles...' Instead Jesus said, 'Don't take anything with you, just yourselves'.
We all know that Jesus did some pretty radical things, but this is rad-i-cool. This is like off of the scale. My personal thoughts is that Jesus only said that because hoodies weren't invented in those days and everything was written down on scrolls. Others have suggested, however, that it was because following Jesus wasn't about stuff and being tied to it. Instead it was about relationships and being free that the burden of stuff has on us.
What is the most random thing your church owns?
What should be added to the list that every good Church should have?
Is there any object/thing in your life that you are tied to?