July 24, 2020
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Sometimes I brood over inconsequential trivia. Sometimes I wrestle with big questions, issues, and calling. I cannot lead someone else's tribe. I cannot even throw stones at it or its leaders. I really will not because stones are always reciprocated back and forth and, as they fall, they only build walls. I think we ought to be walking in the direction of more projectiles that can hurt us with nothing in our hands. Authentic church is not about protecting ourselves from attack.
Authentic church welcomes outside criticism and neutralizes it with love and truth.
That takes courage and conviction.
Authentic church is about being the body of Jesus in the world the way Jesus was and is in the world. I can criticize my tribe because they are my stewardship, because they listen, because I love them, and because I believe in what they can be.
So --- I may have a word to say about decaying and declining elements of culture, but understand me --- they are the backdrop of our discipleship. We are not shaped into who we must be , we cannot be shaped, by our reactions to culture.
What we are becoming, by grace, if we are so becoming, is what we were becoming yesterday and the day before. The contrasts look different depending upon the shapes and colors in the background, but we are who we are becoming ... not just what we are and were.
We --- the people of God, individually and in community.
Now ... my brood :
How do I get that across and involve more people in being authentic church and shaping our lives by the example, presence, redemption, and life-giving power of God in Jesus Christ?
Easy answers --- not needed ... simple intention, affirmed .....
Fellow brooders, WELCOME!
I am feeling both frustrated and
Brothers and sisters, let us love God and ...
Let us love one another and .... Hopeful.
... our neighbors as ourselves.
We are not hopeless.
Our chairs and tables are not empty ... just in different places.
Authentic church can and is happening all over the world.
Otherwise, we would have much to lament.