Mind the Gap (2019)

Christianity.com | 6/17/2019 | Staff
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If you have ever been to London, you are familiar with the “Tube,” London’s expansive underground transport system. Once there, a constant refrain – over loudspeakers and on signs – is “Mind the Gap.”

The line is so ubiquitous, and so closely tied to London’s ethos, that the phrase has become one of the more popular for tourists to buy on t-shirts.

Gap - Course - Train - Platform - Edge

The “gap” to be “minded,” of course, is that which exists between the train and the platform edge so that you don’t get your foot caught between the two. If you don’t mind the gap, your foot will fall through the crack.

So “mind” it.

Course - Gaps

There are, of course, many “gaps” to be mindful of.

For example, many are keenly aware of the gaps that exist in their life between income and expense, or calories ingested and calories burned. The worst would have to be the gap between knowing and doing. For no small reason has it been said that the longest journey anyone will ever take is the 18 inches between our head and our heart.

Gaps - Church

But often overlooked are the gaps plaguing the church.

Here are six to consider:

Gap - Growth - Assimilation - Call - Gap

The gap between growth and assimilation. Some call this the gap between growing larger and smaller at the same time. If not minded, the “back door,” as they say, is left wide open. But it’s more than the “back door.” If it’s all growth, there is little community. But if there is an emphasis on community alone, then the church turns inward and growth becomes stagnant.

The gap between cultural relevance and orthodoxy. Let’s put this more simply as the gap between being “in” the world and “of” it. In truth, most seem to err on the side of being more hip than holy, contemporary than faithful, trendy than Trinitarian....
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