Therefore when we come together in our places of worship as people who claim to be followers of Jesus, this is NOT just another weekend event, or 'thing we do' for God. You see here's perhaps something to evaluate: maybe it's not so much about being led into God's presence as a congregation because God is already there, but it's about if we will bring ourselves into God's presence as individuals within the corporate worship and respond to His working in our lives in praise and adoration.
Are you there God? It's me, Carolyn. I was raised Catholic, and like most people my age who were raised Catholic I no longer attend church on Sundays.
Gary Walter's insight:
I had a similar discussion with my 7yo the other day.
Interestingly, this parent's approach to religion is very similar to more and more people in the world. If we, who believe in God, don't understand these folks, we will never be able to have a meaningful conversation with them.
And do you ever wonder where the next generation is headed, spiritually?
When you believe your customers have no real choice, either because they've signed a long term contract, or the technology locks them in, or they're stranded in Fargo with no other options, you're likely to drift away from delighting them....
When was the last time you took the time to just sit and do nothing? Waiting in line, at a traffic light, or for a medical appointment doesn’t count. Seriously, when was the last time you walked into a room, sat down, and did nothing - for awhile? Scheduled, or unscheduled? Or, when was the last time you went for a walk on the beach, a stroll through the woods, or sat on an isolated hilltop? If an example doesn’t leap out at you, stop, think about it for a minute, and try to remember the last time.
What those of us in the Red Letter Christian tradition are trying to do is simply to elevate the radical lifestyle that Jesus taught as a necessary balance to the theological discussions that emerge out of Pauline theology in Evangelicalism...
There is the mistake of overdoing the defense of the status quo, the error of investing too much time and energy in keeping things as they are. And then there is the mistake made while inventing the future, the error...
Gary Walter's insight:
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This is the issue I struggle with. I don't mind the status quo, but the rigid defense of systems that don't work anymore is very frustrating. What could we possibly lose by trying something new?