As the vibrations from the band fade away, the stage fog recedes, and the theater lighting dims, you saunter across the stage, place your Bible on the high-top table and settle into the matching chair. You take a moment to peer out at the thousands who are ready to hear you preach a motivational message perfectly timed to not a second more than 20 minutes ...
... or so goes the dream for many of today's church leaders.
Which is exactly what is wrong with many churches today. Far too often, instead of designing church meetings for Biblical purposes, congregations have designed church meetings to fit some model derived from a pop culture fads that are nothing less than laughable.
I realize that the author of the piece quoted above was caricaturizing, but there is enough truth behind the caricature for the point to stand. If you are not aware of this, you have not been to most churches in the last twenty years or so.
It is impossible to take seriously a church that gathers as a rock concert leading up to a Bible-based pep-talk. But this is the only model most people have today. And that is why many of us find it difficult to take the church of today seriously.