This is the ninety-sixth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. See Mel Lawrenz’s book, How to Understand the Bible. The church has failed so often in so many ways, which was probably inevitable because it is built with the flawed material of humanity. We traded the righteousness of God for our tinny self-righteousness. We are satisfied with a club when…

A church building doesn’t have to be big, fancy or cutting-edge. But it needs to facilitate the mission. Uh… Wow. Every 30 years? Yes, those are the stats, according to a church renovation expert I heard at a recent conference. By the time his company is called in to help a church renovate their sanctuary, lobby, exterior or anything significant, it’s been three full decades since any part of their facility has been updated in any meaningful way. That’s. Too. Long. Updating On A Budget (Or NO Budget) I’m aware of how costly it is to update church facilities –…