You really do have to appreciate the times where things you never paid much attention to before seem to scream at you. Sometimes it is funny, sometimes serious…regardless, the thoughts continue and they demand the time to process and see what is behind it. I can say with certainty, I am right there.
In part, I can thank author Jon Acuff for his book ‘Stuff Christians Like’ (for his blog, here). It made me laugh out loud and take a nice little look into what we say and do as Christians (read it and you will never be able to pray for a hedge of protection without a little giggle). As of the last couple of weeks, several other things have really caught my attention. Some things about the church (as a whole), leading worship and the way we speak. I know it seems like a vague list of thought and I won’t go into all of the details of these thoughts (though surely I will in the future). I will continue to pray and delve deeper into what I can’t seem to get away from.
When it comes to worship, I am not out to attack one’s music style. While I have opinions about it (and who am I kidding, my opinions are strong), that’s not what this particular post is about. I know that there is more to worship than what we currently know. After reading these articles here and here , I am further challenged by the purpose of the worship leader and corporate worship. I don’t have an answer but I welcome the challenge.
A question of culture presents itself. Have we created a church culture (our church vernacular…) that hinders us in our purpose as the church? I know that I am not the first one to ask this question…books have been written about this question. I’m just stating that lately, this is my question…
As we continue to move forward with launching Revive Church, these are some things that have been on my heart and mind. While these may seem like incomplete thoughts, I admit they are. I believe that these challenging thoughts are what will continue to mold vision. There is a great big world out there and an even greater and much bigger God. Let’s not fear the challenge…we just might discover something new. I am excited!