We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Thursday, March 15, 2012


The appearance of blessing on the surface may obscure the fact that [megachurch] churches are frenetic, showy places with lots of bells and whistles, filled with people who are not all that committed to Christ, but who have become addicted to stimulation and entertainment in their spiritual walk. They want to experience Christ’s presence but only if it comes wrapped in an exciting package.

N. Graham Standish, Becoming a Blessed Church (2005), p. 72