Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Busy couple of days since I got back. Life here is hectic, we are now getting between 10 -20 people dropping in to use the internet 6 days a week, quite a few have also entered the prayer room. The Van is going great, we are picking up about 6 - 8 people a night. Tracy and Ben picked up some guys the other night who were hammered, and then the following night the same guys stopped them in the street and they chatted for hours about God. The good deeds tend to lead to loads of great conversations. Tracy hasn't got in till 6 in the morning for the last 2 days.
We also have Alain Emerson out with us for a week, which is excellent, it's good to have him here again, it gives him a chance to catch his breath from the pain that he is still working through at home. Obviously the pain still comes here with him.
Been chatting with Alain about consumerism and how it has crept (or should I say totally invaded)into church. I was swimming yesterday and just had a simple thought, "When it comes to experiencing true community it has to be about what we put in, not what we get out" What we get out of community is a by product, a guaranteed by product, but getting something out should never be our primary concern. Consumerism starts the moment someone says "My needs aren't being met" and even manifests itself in statements like "I didn't get much out of the worship this morning" if I hear this statement I want to shout "Good we weren't worshiping you!"
I read this articletoday "choosing a church today isn’t merely about finding a community to learn and live out the Christian faith. It’s about “church shopping” to find the congregation that best expresses my identity. This drives Christian leaders to differentiate their church by providing more of the features and services people want. After all, in a consumer culture the customer, not Christ, is king."
I want to think more on this......
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