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Oprah and the Evangelical Church: Where Is the Difference?

Ranked as the world’s most influential woman, Oprah Winfrey is undoubtedly a woman who has inspired millions with not only her wisdom, her wide circle of connections, but also with her very own rags to riches story.  Although much ink has been spilled over her questionable influence in matters of spirituality, this post is not about her, instead it is about the church.

In 2005 a national survey of pastors was conducted, asking each of them to name the books that have most influenced them.  The Purpose-Driven Life was the most frequent response.  Authored by America’s pastor, Rick Warren, the book which has sold the most copies of any book in print, excepting only the Bible.  Warren, who has amassed significant wealth as a result, retains a significant level of influence including the ear of the President of the United States.

Here is where we play the game regularly found in copies of the children’s magazine Highlights: circle the differences in these two pictures.

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Universal Interface

When we connect to people in relationship we are modeling the love of God. John 3:16 says that God loved the world, which is all about relationship with the world, and that relationship prompted God to send Jesus.

When we connect to people in relationship we are connecting to the deepest need that God put into us. The need is for connection, love, meaning, and unity. This is a universal interface where we can begin conversation that can help people discover a relationship with the Almighty God of the universe.

And In That Moment, I Felt Infinite from Karen Abad ♥s Dinosaurs. on Vimeo.

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