Church


I’m sitting here at work, the day after the 4th of July, and I’m pondering a few things.  I hate when that happens as it doesn’t happen often.  But here I sit in my office at the college with absolutely nothing going on but our usual rain soaking.  Nothing is going on because we are normally closed on Fridays during the summer months and since the 4th fell on Wednesday this year just about everyone took today off (silly me).  So here I sit, drinking my green tea and reading blog after blog.  And pondering.  Pondering is an actual word meaning, among other things, to “chew over, think over, meditate, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, or speculate.”  The root word, as far as I can tell, was probably taken from Ponder Texas, which isn’t that far from here and has a population of 507.  With a population that small I’m guessing there’s not that much to do but ruminate.  I always thought that ruminate was something Captain Jack Sparrow would do quite often after a night of frolic and rum, but it’s not – it means to ponder. (more…)

First of all, let me say that I am NOT a proponent of people changing churches because “they are not getting fed.” Or in other words, THEIR needs aren’t getting met. I would like to think that I’m beyond that in my search for a new church home, but who am I kidding…it’s always about me. I’m as much of a consumer as anyone else, and churches today don’t feel much different, it’s just another “product.” Sadly, we don’t go to church to give something back or to worship, we go to get something out of it and if the “product” doesn’t live up to it’s packaging we move on to someplace else that can give us what we want. And if nothing ever meets our criteria for what we consider a good church, then we will keep moving around hoping to find that “perfect” church until we become nothing more that church hoppers. (more…)

We’re looking for a new church and I hate looking for a new church.  It’s not like we’re big church hoppers – the last time we looked for a new church was 19 years ago.  That’s right, we’ve been members at one church for 19 years.  So, why are we looking again?  I’m not really sure.  Something happened in the last couple of years that makes going to our current church just feel wrong.  Or more accurately, not where we are suppose to be.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not about their theology, but more about how they do church.  Baptist love their programs and activities and committees.  Nor is it because of a falling out with the staff; as a matter of fact there are a couple of people on staff we really love (*cough* shelly/laura *cough*). (more…)

Bill Kinnon has written a post called “The People formerly known as The Congregation. And as he says, “There are millions of us.” Interesting read if you have time. Part One is here.

Emerging Grace writes Part Two.
Jamie Arpin-Ricci writes Part Three.
John Frye writes Part Four.

Check them all out.

B~

Hi Dan, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my last post about Zen Dog.  You make a very good point, and I didn’t mean to imply that we as Christ Followers are simply left to fend for ourselves.  After reading what I posted, I felt like I left the impression that the destination nor the community of believers weren’t important. The community aspect of our journey is extremely important, but not at the loss of the individual. My experience is that some in the community we call church, at least in the past, have had a tendency to neglect the oppressed, the disenfranchised, the addicted or the abuse simply because they don’t fit in. Get “saved” first and then we’ll live life together.  Some churches, not all, try to make every Christian a cookie-cutter Christian and be exactly the same instead of letting the individual experience his or her spiritual journey the way God directs them. My life experiences are going to be different from yours, and my encounters with God may be different than yours. We cannot survive this journey on our own, but it is still our own path we need to travel. Perhaps you are right about the glorious destination giving glory to the journey, but as the old saying goes: “Sometimes we are so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.”

His peace on you.
B~

Grace has an interesting post in response to a blog by Mark Driscoll.  You need to go read it if you haven’t already.  And she’s got quite a few comments so leave one if you dare; I couldn’t think of anything to add to the conversation but I don’t think it’s through yet.  Mr. Driscoll’s comment reminds me of the one by the Muslim cleric in Australia.
B~

If you don’t know about the tragic shootings in Pennsylvania, then I don’t know what to tell you, I’m not going to rehash the horrible events here. But there are a couple of things that came out of the news reports that give me concern. Both concerns are somewhat related, but only in the fact they concern Christianity and how we tend to perceive God and His will, and how the world sees our faith. Perhaps someone out there can help me get my mind around this; I’m not really sure where I’m going with this.

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