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We haven reached a consensus on music, worship styles, clothing, re baptism, and lots of other things for which new church planting was a catalyst. But might we agree that we all better off for the discussion? It has clarified things. While it produced conflict and some church splits, it also provoked us to examine our practices more deeply. It spurred us to deeper faithfulness and thoughtful innovation. Farther in the past, it was those who served in global missions who were constantly having such discussions. As our contact with the non western church increases in the days ahead, we will have new discussions.
a pastor of a congregation that many would label I grow weary of hearing others sound off about the changes they embraced. Too much of the time the changes feel superficial. Fads and quick fixes. Too much of the time reforming seems driven by utilitarian, market forces. will work like it church will grow. To plant some LGBT open and affirming congregations solely because of future demographic trends would be similarly utilitarian. There has to be more.
The bigger reason I dubious about reforming is that it provides cover for all sorts of screwy ideas. Ask a question or put up a challenge to some new idea, and the response will be reforming. A bit like Any and every half baked notion can be made to fit that term. One of my rules of thumb about innovation is that it is done best by those who value, rather than reject, what they are altering. Beware of those who don trust the process, the tradition, the collective church.
I never been fond of the motto and always reforming. As modern, North American Protestants is there any real danger that we will treat the church like a prehistoric mosquito forever entombed in amber? I don think so. Even the most conservative or most traditional churches are always changing, adapting, and reforming in all sorts of ways all intentionally, and not all in ways that are immediately visible. reforming is in our DNA, and probably even more pungently in the air we breathe.
you ever considered planting churches that are very intentionally open and affirming of LGBT folk? Given the demographic data I seen on today young people, it would seem to make some sense. planting, mission, multiplication, outreach, evangelism you call it, whatever form it takes, always stretches us, always calls our presuppositions into question, always puts us in contact with people who are different from us.
Thirty or forty years ago, church planting brought these sorts of questions to Saucony Shoes 2017 our attention. The responses were all over the board. What is gained and what is lost? What is essential? What can be modified? What can be scrapped altogether?
new ways of thinking. It may or may not but it may help us to better address the adaptive challenge, to understand a bit more. I would argue that for the Reformed Church to plant some LGBT open and affirming churches might be just such an Saucony Jazz Original Grey
It was a facetious question. More or less.
experiment. Let try. See what happens.
In the past few months, I grown fond of the term I learned of it through discussions about change profound and perplexing challenges we face for which we do not have answers. Our typical problem solving methods and strategies will not suffice. Experiments then give us permission to try, to act differently, to behave our way into Reebok All Terrain Super 3.0
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