>I am at a point where I better understand God’s wisdom in providing times of rest and reflection for His people. I am getting away for a week and I am also going to try and get unplugged. I have not had this kind of feeling in a long time. But I am aware of it now. I am looking forward to seeing what God has for me to see and learn as I take a break.
Monthly Archives: April 2010
>Words have power. Words meaning also change over time. It starts in small ways and then as the change continues the meaning can morph in ways never imagined at the beginning.
One of the most dangerous words is “church”. No matter how many pastors seek to reclaim it usage to refer to the people and not the building or organization, it is a word whose meaning has changed. The danger in the word is that these new meanings have less to do with people who are being changed in a world needing to see this changed lived out and more about organizations or objects to be protected and preserved.
It maybe time for a new word for those who follow Christ together.
>This was a great video to watch and I think has great a great word for all of us who desire for God to be manifested in our lives. While not coming from a Christian Worldview per say, I think it has God’s truth all in it. Make sure to watch it all.
>John Ortberg does a great job of communicating the joy and desire God has when we find the life He want for us. It is an easy and encouraging read. That is not to say it does not challenge you to take steps of faith and to seek to grow in obedience to God. The Me I Want to Be would be a great group study.
My life is committed professionally and personally to the growth and development of the church (both little “c” and big “C”). Because of that, it might seem counter intuitive that I would be passionate about closing the doors one Sunday out of the year. The church where I worship and serve has done this for the last two years and will do it again this year. It is part of our “Go and Be” weekend that we don’t hold regular scheduled worship gatherings as part of the weekend but instead focus on being out in the community serving.
My passion for this stems from both an organizational and educational perspective. It is an organizational challenge to plan, prepare, and mobilize to be closed on Sunday. There are real financial issues of not having a time of offering. What about the people who are new to the community or maybe trying church for the first time and they see that our doors are closed? The issue is that we don’t just want to close the doors but open up service opportunities. Those opportunities remind us that we are the church and the church is at its best when is engaged in the community serving.
From personal, educational, and teaching perspective, some of the best lessons I have experienced come from giving practical application to ideas or principles. The principle that the church is not the building comes alive when we see the doors locked and God’s people still gathering in service. I love explaining to my children why today is different from every other Sunday…much like on Easter, Christmas, Good Friday, or any other special moment in the life of the church.
Closing our doors helps us to create a conversation that is desperately needed in the life of church culture. It is largely symbolic but symbols are important. If you don’t believe that try removing a cross or a steeple or an American flag. Symbols communicate powerfully what is important. For the other 51 weeks in the practice of gathering together, we meet at the same place and for all practical purposes do the same thing. The rest of the world moves along pleased for us to practice what we believe in our places of “worship.” But what happens when those places or worship move into their backyards, their business, their schools, their homes, their hurts. Just maybe we will begin understand on a deeper level what Romans 12: 1-2 means when it says, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
>The Sacredness of Questioning Everything is a revealing read. David Dark will make you think! It was not an easy book to get through. The difficulty comes because Dark is so challenging on many levels. This book challenged me in healthy ways professionally and personally. Dark moves between modern cultural icons and classic works of literature with such easy it can create cultural whiplash. It is that connection of ideas from such various sources that leads clarity in his presentation. I am sorry that this book has not gotten more attention in the circles I follow. It would be healthy for the church to wrestle with the questions that Dark raises.