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When the Church Fails to Launch Acts 2:1-21

When the Church Fails to Launch

What happens when Christians are not fueled, programmed and on the right course? The church crashes and burns.

At a Glance

We begin with a catastrophe that occurred 21 years ago today. No humans perished. However, a rocket failed to launch and so it proved to be a $370 million boondoggle! Today, the expression "failure to launch" refers to a sociological phenomenon in which young adults fail to move out of the parental dwelling, preferring instead to remain at home and drive their parents crazy. We then ask what would've happened if the church had failed to launch, and we offer a countdown that will ensure that any church lives up to its promise.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "The Chipping of the Church," May 23, 1999, at

Picture a rocket on a launch pad. A clear blue sky. The white shell of the spacecraft, gleaming in the sun. Five ... four ... three ... two ... one ... blast-off!

A thrilling moment.

Except when the rocket experiences a failure to launch.

Exactly 21 years ago, on June 4, 1996, a cluster of four spacecraft were launched on...

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