Ok, so the cool thing, according to George Barna might be to forget the building, forget the coffee socials. Forget the nursery for the little ones. Lets just do church at ....my house, or the golf course, or the local coffee house. That is where the cutting edge people are. If you are really hip, and into the latest mod trend, forget the local church; after all, they are tired out loosers. Goners. Yesterday. Uncool. Lets just start booing.
I hope you have been reading Tod's thoughts about church over the past several days. Tod's musings have me thinking quite a bit. For me, this thinking makes the whole blog thing worthwhile.
One of my favorite song writers, Christian or not, is a rather jolly fellow from Whittier, California named Bob Bennett. A number of years ago, Bob wrote a song entitled "Jesus in Our Time". This song, for me, illustrates the depth of what the church has to offer.
Jesus in Our Time
Countless legions of the faithful
Crossing every generation
Hand to shoulder in an unbroken line
Lead us to this Sabbath morning
We humbly count ourselves among them
To seek and find the face of Jesus in our time
Though an imperfect congregation
Full of folly and of doubt
We presume to ask our questions
And we wrestle with their finding out
We break the bread and pass the cup
And try to bear each other up
There are those who are among us
Who believe they are not worthy
We offer you the Word of life
We bid you come and dine
Upon the mercy we have tasted
And the love given so freely
Come take your place at table now
With Jesus in our time
And as He promised so we proclaim
He will be among us as we gather in His name
To heal the broken hearted
To ease our troubled minds
We want to know you - to follow You
Jesus in our time
I am not so sure I could accomplish all these things in my living room, with my friends, on a boat, playing golf, or just doing coffee. I think I need......a church.