Well Darryl I’m kinda in transition
My friend Darryl Dash is curious to know why I haven’t been posting.
The easy answer is that I’m busy. Too busy to remind Darryl that
seems to be getting his act together while Harper is dying a slow death
I’m enjoying many aspects of married life but at times it is a difficult
transition. I was single for a long time
and it can be difficult rearranging my life around a handful of other
priorities. Many people ask me how the
kids are adjusting. They are fine. Both of my new boys really love me like I was
their original dad. The adjustment to
marriage is more difficult than fatherhood but things are going well. I love my wife more and more each day.
One of the hardest parts of the transition has been missing my old friends and roommates. Mark Trew is in El
Salvador and he is one of the best heart to
heart kind of friends a guy could have.
I’m not living with my roommates anymore and the last one just moved out
from our old place. The landlords are
giving the place quite the overall. I
hope I can convince some cool people to move in and be our neighbours.
Although house church keeps on going well, and I still like it a lot
regular church I’ve been feeling very pessimistic about the church in
general. I keep looking at the trends and the warning
signs. The church is just about as
prepared for the next 20 years as New Orleans
was ready for Katrina. In New Orleans the people that mattered
didn’t want to act on
what they knew about those levees. In
the church it is the same. We comfort
ourselves with what Jesus said about hades not prevailing against the
while ignoring what happened in North Africa, the dark
ages or modern day Europe.
Deep down I doubt whether people will risk their careers or their income to
make real change happen. I’m saddened by
each example of selfishness that I come across. I’m saddened that Christianity has been
redefined in such away that there is no expectation that a follower of Christ
would be more loving, patient, peaceful or joyful.
Some folks from MCC Saskatchewan spoke in chapel today at Bethany. I think I’m going to walk down to their
office and see how I can volunteer in the city.
Maybe I’ll be “missional” after all.
I’m not sure my last post really captured how I feel about all that
stuff. I’m just tired of people talking
about how they know what most churches should be like. I think the real hard work wouldn’t be to
follow a trend or copy someone else’s ideas but to honestly and prayerfully
work things out. Learn as you go. Listen to others and not just absorb the
information transfer from the superstars.
For all the talk about church I still think the bible is a vast untapped
resource the church is ignoring. If we
could just get ourselves to the place where we actually listen to scripture
rather than getting it to say what we want it to say.