|I’ve decided to change the name of my blog. My invisible blog. LOL It was called “Writer’s Block.” It wasn’t easy to find. In fact, when I Google “Writer’s Block” my blog does not come up. Go figure. The term “Writer’s Block” has been circulating for decades so that may have something to do with it. |
|Anyway, the new title of my blog is “Christian Living in the Digital Age.” This is a blog where I write about the Christian faith, technology, family, and the church. So I think this title better describes my content. Change is important and many times effective in bringing new eyes to your content or product. I just had lunch at McDonalds and would you know it, they have two new dipping sauces:|
Sweet & Spicy Jam Sauce: A jammy red pepper sauce with a tongue-numbing Szechuan peppercorn kick and extra heat from cayenne pepper; finished with apple cider vinegar.
Mambo Sauce: A tomato-based, sweet, spicy and vinegary sauce; inspired by the regional Washington, D.C. area sauce staple.
Why does McDonalds change up their sauces, pies, and menu over and over again? Because it brings new excitement to their customers! I was in Costco recently and encountered the same thing. They had moved their products all around in the warehouse! The coffee aisle was clear over on the other side of the store! In this case, I was more frustrated than excited. But this is another reason for change…to get people to move down areas they might have long neglected. I hiked up and down other isles seeking a case of water.
How does this apply to faith and the church? By changing the gospel message’s packaging, we can create excitement and move people into neglected areas of their lives. Let me unpack both of these ideas.
Change the presentation of the gospel – By using current, modern, relatable illustrations to share the message of Christ. By challenging people to think differently (Thank you, Apple). Helping people see faith from a different angle, a different perspective. Of course, we will never change the core message of the gospel, but we can change our means of conveying it to people.
Move what people are seeking in a church – For decades the church used to have a Sunday morning Sunday School for kids and adults. Now, the teaching that used to be available on Sunday mornings might be in the form of a small group or a larger men’s or women’s ministry meeting. Another example is the Sunday bulletin. Many churches have done away with a paper bulletin and instead provide a digital copy or an App to find sermon notes and announcements.
Just like me searching for water at Costco, people are still seeking Biblical teaching. By mixing it up you’ll find more engagement as people explore different ways to learn scripture and apply it to their lives.