This week

I’m taking a class this week. An 8:30-4:30 intensive with Alan Hirsch. Very interesting and stimulating stuff. I’ll be writing more thoughts later.

One thought that came to my mind, loosely connected to what we were talking about is the importance of figuring out how we approach Jesus.

This, to me, is the single most important question in regards to how we structure and view church. Do we approach Jesus through preaching? Or through sacraments? Or through singing? Do we encounter Jesus through sitting in a ‘holy place’? Or do we encounter Jesus in conversation with others? Or by doing good works? Do we encounter Jesus through clergy? Or through study?

John 12:20-21

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”

That’s the question we are all asking, and how we answer that, how others have answered that, is absolutely the primary influence in how our churches are shaped. What is especially curious to me is to think how many people have a dissonance between how they would answer this and the type of church they attend. This leads to an inner and vague discontent, I think, as they encounter Jesus in one way but are told by Authorities that church must deliver Jesus in another, thus leading to the reality that for a goodly many people church is entirely unrelated to their encounter with Jesus, thus making it quite irrelevant to their lives.

If we really did ask how we encounter Jesus and then shape our communities to match this answer I think we would find something amazing.

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