| Crabgrass was brought over as a grain crop, since it produces|
up to 250,000 seeds per plant. Church Growth was a commodity bought from Fuller Seminary and cultivated, another opportunistic weed that will not go away by itself.
God created weeds to take over, to cover bare and barren soil, protecting and healing it until better plants could be cultivated there. In a garden, the best protection against weeds is the healthy growth of worthwhile plants. Clover, wild strawberries, and buckwheat provide a low-growing blanket that supplants most weeds in our rose garden. Today I will dig out two clumps of field grass that grows shoulder-high. Those pests established themselves in early spring and grew from the rich soil and rain, shouldering competition aside.
The federal government sponsored and promoted the two worst weeds in US agricultural history - kudzu vine and the Chinese multi-floral rose. The feds now fine anyone who dares to plant what they once hailed as miracles that would solve all problems. The parallels to Church Growth, entertainment evangelism, and cell groups are too obvious to miss.
|The Kudzu Vine of Fuller Seminary has swallowed|
the Wisconsin Sect, the LCMS, and the ELS.
Staph Infection is Larry Olson's nickname in WELS,
but the gutless only joke.
In the Parable of the Tares, "an enemy has done this." Among the Lutherans, the enemy is the leadership. They are the apostates who used Church Growth the way ancient soldiers used their shields, as a moving wall in attacks and as a powerful defense against opponents. Anyone questioning Church Growth was immediately assailed in various ways:
- Martin Luther Complex - as if the leaders ever read Luther;
- Lazy - a big joke coming from plagiarists who visit members only under duress;
- Loose Canons - revealing the fear experienced when the leaders see the Sword of the Spirit at work.
| Mueller's congregation was so proud of their cross-dressing picnic that they posted the password |
for the entire collection of photos.