don’t change the chan-nel

passion_2007_francis_chanat the risk of seeming like a chaniac (chanite? chanolian?  chanimal?), i am about to quote francis chan in two consecutive posts.

when i started blogging, i determined to write about whatever is on my mind. yesterday, i received this month’s edition of “catalystspace” via email and, as usual, it is amazing.  every month, the articles are enriching and insightful, and anyone involved in church leadership at any level should check it out.

francis chan wrote an article in this issue and the only way to describe it is chanellenging (chanvicting?  chanerrific?  chan-o-might?).  anyway, if you don’t want to end up in the dirt, don’t read it.  if, however, you love feeling like the world’s most sinful person (as i seem to do), you can read the whole thing here.  or check out an excerpt below…


It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of “success” as American church-goers define it. The thought of being well-known and respected is alluring. There have been times when I’ve been caught up in the fun of popularity. I’ve even mistaken it for success. Biblically, however, success is when our lives parallel Christ’s. Truth is, there are many good Christs that you’ll never read about in a magazine. They are walking as Jesus walked, but they are too focused and humble to pursue their own recognition.

You passionately love Jesus, but you don’t really want to be like Him. You admire His humility, but you don’t want to be THAT humble. You think it’s beautiful that He washed the feet of the disciples, but that’s not exactly the direction your life is headed. You’re thankful He was spit upon and abused, but you would never let that happen to you. You praise Him for loving you enough to suffer during His whole time on earth, but you’re going to do everything within your power to make sure you enjoy your time down here.

In short: You think He’s a great Savior, but not a great role model.

check in tomorrow when i’ll do my best not to quote francis chan…unless he writes something else.



2 thoughts on “don’t change the chan-nel

  1. Today’s church has missed it big. God cares about our holiness not happiness. We loose something of value and feel as we are not blessed. Weather it be our health, job, or the last brownie in the cake pan we feel we’ve lost out and we are not blessed. Blessings can come in the form of cancer, death, and loneliness not just good time. These things drive us to our knees and to God. What we call success like money house and toys is often a curse not only luring us from God but also from our families. It is simple pride in thinking we deserve better than this “deadly illness” or a “lack of income.” I’m glad God is not fair as we all deserve far worse as we will complain about not getting th last brownie.

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