First Christian Church isn’t closing. We are moving, but we aren’t closing. But how can we live? What is the mission that God is giving us?
It’s important for companies to make a profit, but it’s also important for companies to be good stewards.
As a congregation, we sit at an interesting juncture. Some of us ask questions like where are we headed? Will we survive? Those are legitimate questions. I don’t know what we need to specifically do, but the answer right now is to love.
The church needs to be a truthteller, which means the church is willing to speak the truth even if it means attacking sacred cows that people like.
Why does Pentecost matter to us? Why do we celebrate it every year? Why does the Spirit coming like a wind matter?
Differences over ideology, sexuality and race were there 30 years ago, but there seems to have been more opportunities to come together and meet the other. Our modern self-selected society allows us to basically pick our friends instead of trying to build bridges with those who might be different.
We “church shop” just like we are buying cars. As I said, this doesn’t work well when it comes to finding a faith community, but this is how most people determine which church they are going to join.