Pony Express Churches

The Pony Express was the brainchild of William Russell, Alexander Majors and William Waddell. It operated for only eighteen months from 1860 to 1861.

The Pony Express died because it defined itself too narrowly and failed to adapt. Technology – the telegraph – killed the Pony Express.

If the Pony Express defined itself as a communications company rather than a letter carrying company it might still exist, only in a different form.

Churches can give artificial respiration to dying ponies or learn to define themselves in ways that align with transcendent Biblical truths; truths that don’t change even though the way they are expressed must.

God adapted himself to our context when he became man. Yet, he didn’t lose himself. His appearance changed but he didn’t. He never changes.

Transcendent Truths include:

  1. Grace alone.  We always freely receive provision from God. That’s how we become believers and that’s how we live, by grace. Christianity isn’t a self-help program. It’s a grace enabling program.
  2. Faith alone. We never work our way to God. He worked his way to us. Our responsibility is to believe. All commitments in our walk are expressions of learning to trust him alone.
  3. Jesus alone. He’s not one of many ways to rich relationship with God. He’s the only way.
  4. Response alone. All expressions of Christian living are response to God’s love and grace, that includes, service, worship, obedience, evangelism, and everything else we do.
  5. Love alone. Love is the only thing that makes life meaningful. Without it, life is empty, like clanging cymbals. The only way to love is to be loved. “We love because he loved.” (Back to #1) Even confrontation expresses love or it’s wasted, useless effort.

Most of the things Churches do in their gatherings are completely adaptable, consider music. There are no Christian notes or rythmns, only Christian lyrics.

What would you add or modify on my list of transcendent truths?

What is adaptable when it comes to Church gatherings and ministry?

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4 Comments on “Pony Express Churches”

  1. Matt Steen Says:

    Outside of the core tenets of orthodoxy, I don’t know that there is much that isn’t adaptable. The curse of modernity within Christendom is that we have elevated certain practices and traditions to a status that they don’t rightly have. Membership, buildings, programs, methodologies, all of that is adaptable, so long as you hold tight to the core of our faith.

    Good word, Dan.

  2. Angel Ribo Says:

    Amen brother! Looking forward to meeting you in person soon! God bless.

  3. Scott Shaffer Says:

    Dan,

    Thank you for highlighting the adaptability of Jesus Christ. Appreciate your posts.

  4. brandon Says:

    thanks for these blogs. they’re fantastic. very encouraging. love you bro.


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