A few months ago there were a couple of bloggers that talked about church punditry and not having enough stories online. They had pretty good points. Now that I’m part of new group I’ve been doing my best to write about it. I’m writing about our joys, questions and struggles. Since then I’ve received a few honest and probably fair comments about what I’ve been writing. Some are concerned that I’m writing too much, being too open. Some are concerned we are talking to much about meetings. One person was concerned that I haven’t talked enough about spiritual leadership of women in our group. I am not saying some of these comments aren’t fair but if I had to act on all of them I wouldn’t know where to start.

In some ways I think the emerging church could be in for a rude awakening. Unity is easy when we criticize the old or speak in theory about the new. Once we put things in to practice some of our old allegiances and assumptions come out. These things come out in our house church which is not part of a denomination. At each step we need to work out the basic things that most churches worked out long ago. This isn’t easy.

  1. #1 by phil on October 27, 2003 - 3:47 pm

    Good post Lt!. I think that the process of re-thinking all the steps, components and the like that the established Church takes for granted is a wonderful, yet painful step. We may yet come up with exactly the same answers but then the answers will be ours and not answers that are simply given to us.

  2. #2 by Linea on October 27, 2003 - 5:39 pm


    You are working with humans you know. Even Jesus’ hand picked disciples left much to be desired. 🙂

    You say “Unity is easy when we criticize the old or speak in theory about the new.” There is nothing like rallying around a common enmemy. Much easier than finding solutions and ways that work. But from previous posts it seems like you are really trying hard to find reasons to support your plans and decisions. So I am sure you will all find your way through this starting period.

  3. #3 by LT on October 27, 2003 - 5:52 pm

    I like our little house church a lot. They are exactly the kind of people you would expect the change the world.

    I’m not so young that I didn’t expect difficulties, but not so insightful that I knew what they would be. I’m glad so many of you have joined us in our great experiment. It gives us a rich community to fall back on and grow with.

  4. #4 by Methodius on October 27, 2003 - 7:47 pm

    Great post !!

  5. #5 by Randall on October 27, 2003 - 11:54 pm

    Thanks for the honesty. You know I’m praying for you guys.

  6. #6 by Toni on October 28, 2003 - 2:54 am

    Amen to that.

  7. #7 by little bear on October 28, 2003 - 5:57 pm

    It’s your blog. Why don’t people let you write as much or as little of what you want to write about?

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