Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Hudson: Daddy, I don't want you to leave, I'm scared. I'll be alone.
Me: Hudson, you aren't alone. Mommy and Daddy are right here in the house and Jesus is always with you.
Hudson: But I don't want Jesus with me, I want you with me.
We want someone with skin on, don't we? Jesus is an idea to most people, especially people who are far away from his influence. And in the beauty and genius of Jesus' message and strategy, we are now his hands and feet, his presence to people falling asleep in the dark.
People don't want Jesus with them, they want someone that matters to them with them. To whom do I matter?
Friday, July 25, 2008
What about when the issue at stake--at least from your perspective--is a pretty important one?
Practice for some period of time in the Church's history was to burn the people who didn't agree with the standard orthodoxy. A we-know-you-are-going-to-hell-because-you-don't-agree-with-us-so-let-us-send-you-off-in-a-fitting-manner way of going about solving disagreements.
And very endearing to the hearts of people everywhere, right?
A good friend and I were going back and forth via email about Brian MacLaren--somewhat of a lightning rod for the conservative set. We disagreed. Here was my take on how to handle our position(s).
I really don’t like labels (conservative, liberal, etc.), but I would say I am on the conservative “side” because I hold to all the creeds of the Church, believe in the primary authority of the Christian Scriptures, and believe and do my best to live like Jesus was raised bodily from the dead. If conservative means something else, then no, I’m probably not that (which is fine by me).
I do think you’re right that some in (a certain group of thinkers) take it too far to the left, but then some on the far right take it too far too. So I guess it’s a matter of who you listen to…I want to be, as I said, for the truth, no matter who it comes from (i.e., “liberal” or “conservative”).
I hope this isn’t coming across like “I’m right and everybody who doesn’t agree with is wrong.” Because I don’t think that and don’t want to make people think that either. Tim Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian does about a good a job I know of dismantling the conservative vs. liberal thing in favor of the Gospel (that speaks to and judges both, by the way).
I want to be done with “labels” because they only alienate and keep people away from each other. And when you are away from each other, you can’t love each other.
So does any issue ever get big enough to part ways? Or is St Paul right when he says "love covers a multitude of sins?"
Friday, July 18, 2008
- we print a stock photo of 'idyllic family A' to advertise the friendships in our small groups?
- we tell people that if they'll come to "x" event/or join "y" Small Group it will "change their lives"?
- we entice people to serve by telling them they will find the fulfillment they've always been looking for?
- we send out advertising to the community telling them that we've got exactly what they are looking for?
Do we oversell our claims in attempt to get people to buy out religious "product"? What if we loved the truth instead?
"Here's a picture of some of the old, wrinkly, slightly cantankerous people in our congregation. But they really will love you if you can see past the exterior that our culture doesn't prize very much."
"Come to "x" event and you'll have a good time, maybe deepen some friendships, maybe make some new ones."
"Join "y" small group and the relationships will take you a long time--maybe a year--until you really feel safe. But it's totally worth the investment."
"If you find a place to serve, your life will be busier, you'll have to say no to something else, and you'll often feel frustrated. But our model of serving is about sacrifice, not fulfillment."
"If you come to one of our services, you'll have the chance to encounter God, meet people who could become life-long friends, and find hope. But you'll have to make the investment for it to actually happen."
How would that fly?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
In this picture, he drove over an hour from his business to meet me at Reid Elementary—our church’s adopted school—to help organize a Beautification Day for the school. We met to figure out how much material and man-power would be needed to pull it off (actually, we met so I could follow David around while he figured all that out. He’s a lot smarter than me) in conjunction with some good people from Capital One. The school needs the help and David stepped up.
What strikes me as a stern reality in our world is that he represents a spectrum we all live on. On one end are the people planning to do good (then going and doing it), on the other end are the people planning to do evil (then going and doing it) and in the middle are the people (the majority, I think) who aren’t planning anything. They’re just waiting to see which way the wind blows.
Which side are you on?
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
S: What Hudson?
H: I have a dog!
S: You do??
H: Yes, his name is Chandler Bing and he stays with my friend Doug.
H: Yeah, Doug is my best friend.