Thursday, June 3, 2010


**** First off, I would like to thank everyone who responded to my post on home schooling.  If you left me an email address...I will be emailing you!  :)  The last couple days have just been hectic, plus given the fact that hubby wasn't working and never shares the computer...I haven't had time to type out all my questions until today.  But don't worry....I  have plenty of questions coming your way!!!*****

Now for what has me bothered that I just can't let go.....(And for the record, I am NOT trying to down talk anyone, for only God truly knows ones heart....I am just expressing my opinion and feelings.  And since it's my blog, I can do that...hehehe!!)


First Baptist Church of Dallas is working on a new church building that costs $130 Million. I stumbled across an article about it the other day and have been trying to let it go.  But I can't. That is such a staggering amount of money. Among the amenities are....
  • 1.5 million square feet
  • LEED certified (its green and energy efficient)
  • Glass structure
  • Stone water tower topped with a luminescent cross
  • Common area for downtown residents and guests
  • 3,000 seat worship center (on the second story)
  • 7 high-definition screens
  • Choir and Orchestra pit
  • Senior adult education center (under the sanctuary)
  • 300-space underground parking garage
  • 6-story education building for children/youth ministries
  • 2 side-by-side gymnasiums
  • Children’s play areas
  • Outdoor concert space
  • Adjacent parking garage with 500-plus parking spaces
Now don't get me wrong.  I am not going to say that there is anything wrong with a church getting a new building or a make-over on their current one.  But I am going to say that in my opinion this is excessive.   I look at the list of amenities and the huge dollar figure attached to it, and so many different thoughts come to mind.
  • $1 will provide someone clean drinking water for a year.  I'd think the cost of that stone water tower could provide an awful lot of clean water wells in third world countries.
  •  "Common Area" for downtown residents and about a homeless shelter?  Instead of 2 side by side gymnasiums, what about a soup kitchen?
  • Why not use some of that outdoor concert space to grow a community garden to help feed people?
  • I wonder what type of orphan ministry could be launched with the cost of a 3 story underground parking garage?  (That is not even counting the adjacent parking garage.)
  • While $130 Million is being spent on this building, a CHILD DIES every 5 seconds from hunger related causes, and a CHILD DIES every 15 minutes from a preventable and TREATABLE disease.

(I could list thousands of ways I think the money could be better spent, but I think you get my point.)

I can't imagine sitting in a building that cost $130 Million, while listening to a preacher talk about Jesus.  It just doesn't seem right to me.  Sit in a $130 Million dollar church, talking about someone who commands us to care for the "least of these"....while homeless people are starving even just up the street from me and the cost of the chair in the auditorium would probably feed someone in America for a month, and in Africa for a year.

I just don't get it.  While I sit here in my confusion thinking of how that much money could help starving children, orphans, children trapped in sex trafficking, children being killed as sacrifices by witch doctors, spreading the Gospel, giving people bible's who have never seen one, etc... I will leave you with the words of the Senior Pastor explaining a little about the need for this new campus.
“As I look around downtown Dallas, I see spectacular temples of commerce, of culture and of government – many new, some restored to former glory, and all intended to stand for generations. The Kingdom of God needs a home to equal them – a spiritual oasis in the middle of downtown.”
       ~Dr. Robert Jeffress - First Baptist Church of Dallas



Lara said...

Thank you for being bothered by this. I pray more of us are.

kym said...

I agree with Lara. Have you sent your post to the Dallas Paper? I think you should! How about to the pastor? What a lot of WRONG is done in the name of sad.

Leah said...

Hi Jenn. I am a new follower :) Would love for you to take a peek at my blog and follow me back! It seems as if we have a lot in common. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Blessings!

Leah said...

Hi Jenn. I was wondering did you get the info about the hair care I sent you? It was a reply comment from my blog. I just don't know how it works that well and didn't know if you received those replies in your email or not! Anyway, if you didn't, you can check back there. Ok, done rambling and professing my ignorance now :) Have a great day!

Lori in KY said...


How do I agree with you? Let me count the ways... LOL!

Have you read Shane Claiborne's book, "The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical?" If not, I'm pretty sure you'd LOVE it! He tells a very similar story in the book.

Having been to Haiti recently, it's hard for me to even complain about doing my mounds of laundry (at least I have a washer & dryer...not to mention a pretty much limitless supply of fresh clean water).

Like you, I have a hard time believing that Jesus would be pleased with a "house" so opulent. He was homeless when he was here on earth. There was a reason for that. It allowed him to minister more freely.

Oh that we would quit trying to impress Him with our smelly, worthless offerings and just DO WHAT HE TOLD US TO DO!!!

Lori in KY

Stormy said...

This is so true. I would feel so guilty sitting in this church. I see this going on everyday. Hurts me to know someone's ties are going to something like this. Thank you for sharing

Audrea & Michael said...

jenn,how did i not know u have a blog?? lol.....

WOW!! that is craziness!!!! terrible!! thanks for sharing!! you should def sent this to that newspaper!!

Lisa Scroggins Holmes said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We should write letters to the Dallas Newspaper, and to the church itself. Outrage is what I feel!

Melinda said...

Thanks for sharing this Jenn! My pastor was preaching about this just today. I feel certain that a "For Sale" sign will be in the church yard before long! Amen to that!

jessie said...

"My kingdom is not of this world"-Jesus

this makes me sick to my stomach. I just watched the video and really, I feel like throwing up.
I dont even know what else to say. We need more Light of the World, less light on the stage.

Renea Lynch said...

I sent a short message through their contact link on their website. This has bothered me all day since I first saw your post.

This comes to mind:
Matthew 7:21 (The Message) comes to mind:
21-23"Knowing the correct password—saying 'Master, Master,' for instance— isn't going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, 'Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.' And do you know what I am going to say? 'You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don't impress me one bit. You're out of here.'

I think you should send a letter to the Dallas paper too! See if they actually print it!