Recent Musings

June 16, 2009

As I continue to reflect on contextualizing the Gospel in our current setting, I have begun to compile a list of questions that will help me and us reengage our purpose here as a church (and especially the youth side of that).  I guess I’m mostly thinking in terms of living out the theology we profess to believe, but often fail to display.  You might put it this way: “If the Bible declares this to be true, then how are we living that truth out?”  Here’s an example of one of these questions:

Since God has invested so great a power in us (Eph. 1:19-20), what are we doing, or how are we living, that would require so great a power to be successful?  Is there anything which we have committed to as a church and as a youth group, which could be said to require so much?

And another: Since God creates from community (Trinity) being which, in order to reflect him well must be in community (“Let us create Man in our image”–image is also relational in nature), how are we overcoming our Western inclination toward individualism to reclaim a holistic, Godly community?  How well does our present community (maybe you can read “church” here) provide a foretaste to that future community into which we are being born (the city in Revelation and the restored people of God)?

I’m going to continue asking questions like these of myself.  I’d love to hear what questions you are struggling with and what Gospel truths you are searching to find evidenced in your life and community.

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More Questions…

October 20, 2008

As our departure date approaches–and no we don’t have an exact date yet, though we know it is getting closer–the questions continue to abound.  One of the nagging questions I’ve been pondering, is just how far out should a person buy plane tickets for?  A week?  A month?  And, should those tickets be regular fare tickets or should we try for less dependable though cheaper standby tickets through a friend? 

At this point Kate and I have decided that our responsibility is to be ready to leave when God does finally give us the green light.  To that end we’re continuing to invite people on to our support team, as we begin gathering our things together this week for the big move–whenever it finally shakes out to be.  

Sometimes the uncertainty gets to us, and often times we’re riding a pretty wild emotional rollercoaster.  In the midst of it all, with as little as two and a half weeks to go (should God provide that way), we’ll just keep on taking it one step at a time.

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