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Okay, here’s something I liked, as it echoes something I’m currently pondering.

“One of the most subversive questions Alan asks when he is doing a church revitalization consultation with a local congregation is this: ‘If you could start again from scratch, would you do it the same way?'”

Now, if I can be even more subversive (which by the way I can, since this is my blog), what if we didn’t just ask this about a specific local congregation but if we asked this about the Church as a whole. What if we hit rewind to about 60 or so and were able to start over? Or maybe not even that far, what if we returned to 313, when Christianity really got a chance to be a contender?

Would we do things different? Imagine what we would do different. I think we’d have the doctrine of the Trinity, but I think a lot of not only practices but also theology would be different.

Imagine what the world would be like if we had a temporal reset button and could become the Church again for this world reflecting Christ as we should. I suspect we’d end up a little less divisive. Who’s to say? Maybe we would fix the problems we made, and find new ones to burden future generations with.

It’s an interesting thought. I for one might at least encourage the Synod of Whitby to be decided differently. Just to see what would happen.

2 Responses to “something I like”

  1. Becki Says:

    Patrick, I look forward to hearing some of your further thoughts about this book. I am still pondering many of the things that were said. Chapter 6 and 7 were amazing chapters for me. Hope you enjoy…even if it does bring out the snarkyness in you!

  2. Patrick Says:

    Becki, thanks so much for leaving this comment. I get caught in a critical analysis at times, and then get stuck in it, as it shapes how I read through a whole book. It doesn’t have to be a lot of things, maybe only one or two parts, but then I notice it so much throughout that I can’t see past it.

    However, your comment reminds me of something I learned a bit back. My lessons are not everyone’s lessons, and what God is doing in me is not what God is doing in everyone else. Indeed, that’s a little bit of my critique of this book, and it is a critique of me as well.

    This is where humility comes in. I might have a perspective, and something to say, and even a right comment or two. But, that this book has affected you so much is a wonderful blessing, and a great sign of its value.

    I will comment more, today in fact. And because of your comment I will do it with more cautiousness and an awareness of the qualities that these men really do bring to the discussion.

    Thanks, I needed your gentle word this morning as I try to figure out how to approach this book in a review.