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I love the Church and I want it to thrive. As a result, I’m often occupied about how true to our identity we are as the Church. This means ongoing introspection, and, sometimes saying something. I’m generally opinionated and, at the same time, always reigning myself in. Particularly on social media. Among the many subjects I can get worked up about, the Church is at the top. Interestingly, it is also the one subject I’m most careful about. This applies even more in times of failure of / in churches. I dare critique my / our critique.
This is because there is no more significant and sacred enterprise than the Church. In one sense representing Jesus. A vehicle of his Message and love. (How well we do that is subject for discussion.) What could be more significant than that? In case you need the answer to that: Nothing. Nothing can be more significant than being invited to be a part of God’s mission on the earth.
Sidenote - Thoughts - Work - Progress - Loud
Sidenote: These thoughts are a work in progress. I’m just thinking out loud on how we can have healthy conversation on how we can be and do better as the church. I hope we can have civil, constructive conversations. You know, family talk.
Excuse being a little poetic, but it is a divine privilege to be part of such a mystery. God inviting us to be partakers of His mission–relationship with people and ultimate restoration of creation.
Church - Church - Times - Failure - Code
Being reminded of how important the Church is had me thinking about how I / we talk about the Church, particularly in times of failure. I’ve always had some code or personal rules and I thought writing them down might be helpful for me. Maybe even all of us.
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