Mike PohlmanMike serves as the senior pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Bellingham, Washington. Mike is a former church planter in the Pacific Northwest, and served for three years as the executive producer of The Albert Mohler Program, a nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to Christianity and culture. Mike has a PhD in American church history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is husband to Julia and father to four wonderful children: Samuel (12), Anna (10), John (9) and Michael (4). When not pastoring, Mike loves sports, music, and hanging out with his family.
- 2008 Dec 09
I'm driving into work this morning and a huge billboard catches my eye. It reads, "RelaxedChurch.com: Relax, it's just church!!" Now I don't know about you, but I find this a bit disturbing. So I go to their Website and I find that the url relaxedchurch.com directs me to New Venture Christian Church in Richmond, VA.
Like so many churches today, NVCC wants to lower the bar of entrance into the church. In some ways this is good: why should a silly dress code prevent people from coming to church? But what is lost when we live in a phrase like, "Relax, it's just church"? At minimum it depreciates our understanding of what church is.
Here's a thought: try putting the phrase "Relax, it's just church" alongside Isaiah 6:3. It just doesn't work.