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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

tired - awake

what a lot of people call church in America has very little to do with church Jesus had in mind. i think you just begin by acknowledging that the “American” idea of church has been a failure. the whole system that says big growth and numbers are the goal must die.

the central metaphor Jesus uses is the eucharist. His body is broken and His blood is poured out to the healing of the world. God is looking for a body of people who will break open themselves and pour themselves out for the healing of the world. i think the problem is that when people say “church”, many mean religious goods and services where you come and there’s a nice inspiring talk, good coffee in the back, snappy music and everything ends up fine. Jesus speaks of His people who are willing to suffer and die so that the world can be healed - that’s the entirely different position.

2 comments:

Suzanna said...

classic

Jay said...

Agreed