J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

From the Compost Pile: The Tipping Point

tippingpoint“The Tipping Point” is that magic moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Malcolm Gladwell’s book of the same name is a book about change. In particular, it’s a book that presents a new way of understanding why change so often happens as quickly and as unexpectedly as it does.  The book uses examples of social trends to help illustrate its point.

  • For example, why did crime drop so dramatically in New York City in the mid-1990’s?
  • How does a novel written by an unknown author end up as national bestseller?
  • What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read?

The answer to all those questions, according to Gladwell, is the same. It’s that ideas and behavior and messages and products sometimes behave just like outbreaks of infectious disease. They are social epidemics.  People get excited about them and start talking about them and recommending them to friends.

When I read that it makes me wonder.  What would it mean for the message of Christ, the Gospel, to be a social epidemic?  What would it mean for Sovereign King Church, or your church, to be the talk of town?  Though that may seem impossible or too daunting for most churches, consider this example from the book.

The Berlin Wall came down not by negotiations or WWIII.  The Berlin Wall came down when a group of dissidents in East Germany held a protest rally.  Another one happened the next day.  Two months later, a million people showed up in the streets and tore down the wall.

So what needs to happen for the Fame of Christ to be our social epidemic?  Scottish Clergyman George McLeod says this, “I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace, as well as on the steeple of the church.  I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles but on a cross between two thieves on the town garbage heap, and that is where Christ’s people ought to be, and what the church ought to be about.”

“The Compost Pile” is a reworking of older post from my old site brought over here to reconsider.


August 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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