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“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

Quigg Lawrence
I am a huge Apple fan. I love Macs! After a foolish trip to “Droid”
land, I realized how well integrated the iPhone is and how awesome
Apple’s service is. I admire the way Apple rose like a phoenix after
almost tanking in the mid 1990’s. I love that one of the first two Apple
stores was located not in New York or LA but in VIRGINIA! I love it
when I go to coffee shops around the country, or youth events or walk on
college campuses –  Macs are everywhere.
But as I was watching the iPhone 6 and Apple
Watch live event yesterday (yes, that is nerdy, but I am a high-tech
redneck!), I started to feel like there was something wrong with me and
our church. Why can’t we be that creative? Why can’t we solve problems
and do everything with such brilliance and excellence? If the world can
function at this level, why can’t the church?? 
STOP.
YES, the church can and should serve with
excellence and be creative and all that, but upon further reflection I
realized that the Church does not want to be like Apple. We have
something of far greater worth than all the latest technology that will
be a doorstop in three years and fill land mines in five years. If you
strip away all the hype and coolness, the truth is that Apple products
and technology cannot meet the deepest needs of the human heart. They
cannot inspire us at a soul level. They cannot feed the hungry or give
water to the thirsty. They cannot heal a marriage. They cannot bring
deliverance to the addict. They cannot remove guilt and shame. They
cannot bring hope. They offer passing beauty and titillation –  not
abundant life.
In sum, I remain a fan of Apple. I will use
their products as tools, but I am thankful that we have been entrusted
with something far better and much more life-changing than small boxes
that have the staying power of a roman candle.
+Quigg