Once upon a time, I was isolated and angry at God and the church to varying degrees.
Online Christian community helped me through a difficult period in my life.
It helped me try and jump into another community, a more traditional, offline church community, to take a risk and try to be part of a family.
Now, as I consider if I am still a fit in that community and whether or not my time there has passed (regardless of what the Reformed guys who say ‘stick with a church unless they teach heresy or start practicing evil’), I am hoping the other communities I am part of do not up and disappear entirely.
If I decide to try another church – if my current church lets me do so – I’m concerned the attempt will be as fruitless and pointless as this one seems to have been for me.
So much of the church world’s prescription for partaking in community boils down to be extroverted, push yourself, meet new people, go out and do things. That is a struggle for me. I look at it, and the culture we American Christians are part of to varying degrees, at times and it looks to me like sanctimonious, religious skubulon.
I want family, friends, faith, freedom, purpose. All of that is promised to me, you and everyone else by the Christian marketers. But so much of it seems like bait and switch, something that works only for those who are naturally gifted enough or talented enough, or can buy those things. It’s a merry go round I want to get away from desperately.
The Gospel Coalition released a video of Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald and Mark Dever talking about the positives and negatives of multi-site churches. After you watch the video, if you like you can read Steve McCoy’s critical response to the video.
David Fitch’s three signs “Christendom ain’t done yet” – one of which is the Harvest Crusade.