rom time to time we have reported to us, through various first-, second-, and thirdhand accounts, the apparent growth and flourishing of one or another church somewhere in the world, perhaps in our division or in our conference. As topics for reporting and discussion, these “miracle churches” come and go, but they seem to be an ever-present phenomenon.
We seem to like having a miracle church or area happening within a reasonable distance of our church. It seems to somehow alleviate our frustrations relative to the apparent stagnation of our own congregation; sometimes these stories give us a little hope for ourselves. However, this is probably not the only effect. Such reports raise many questions. Why does so little seem to happen in our church? is a question that must leap into many of our minds. ... »