Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Organic Church

In this mp3 seven folks answer the question, "How has being a part of an organic church changed your relationship with Jesus Christ?" Interesting answers. [HT: Frank Viola]

I like the first guy's response. For him, Jesus had been like the wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. For years he thought it was a well-defined space full of familiar garments ("I'd been pulling clothes out of this closet all my life!"). What he has discovered is that Jesus is much more than that, is in fact a vast world.

Most of these answers have to do with "knowing Christ," which is a worthy goal for anyone, of course. The implicit (mostly) critique of leader-driven church (they call it the "institutional church") is that it tends to be about what we do ("tipping the waitress") rather than who we are in Christ. I don't assume that to be necessarily so, but it is no doubt the prevalent modus operandi.

Anyway, I found these answers helpful to me as I begin, after nearly a year away from church, to actually want to return to body-life. I'll keep you posted.


Anonymous said...

Have you been to this blog?

The guy who lives in Maine too. Just thought it might be of interest...

I don't know much about him, I just read his blog occasionally.

Bob Spencer said...

Thanks, Sol. I hadn't known about that. I've already dropped the fellow and email and added him to my blogroll.