Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stuff we don't talk about @ church

We're in a series at our church where we've been discussing issues the Church doesn't like to face/talk about. The series has been based on a couple new books that research perceptions people outside the Church have about Christians/the Church (UnChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons and They Like Jesus But Not the Church by Dan Kimball). We've been inviting questions and dialogue during the message/teaching time - which has really been incredible. The series has been very challenging as we've been looking at the following perceptions: 1) Christians are hypocrites, 2) Christians are homophobic, 3) Christians are sheltered, and 4) Christians are divided.

You can check out the series on our website's "watch/listen" page.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

This series has been really challenging for me, in lots of ways. I think that this, along with other things I'm dealing with right now, has taught me that I should never be complacent and assume that I'm doing okay. God always has more for me, and as He takes me through different things in life, He's going to show me what that looks like. You'd think I would have learned by now that whenever I feel comfortable, a challenge is coming, but it always seems to catch me by surprise. In a way, I'm thankful for that. I'd never want to be the same - at any stage in my life - forever. I fight change and challenge, but it's all for the sake of growth. It's hard, but a very good thing.

Thanks, John, for being brave. Not every church would tackle this, and I'm thankful to be here.