Thoughts on K-Fest, following Jesus in the world and the heartache of the local church.

Haven’t written in a week, but there is a lot on my mind.

First. My head is crammed with details for our KindlingsFest event July 27-30, which is bigger and better than ever. If you haven’t registered and plan on coming~ please do now! We are heading into overflow seating.

Second. Island friends are stretching me as I think about how to follow Jesus in this world. Susan sent me the tightrope picture with the comment: “inspired about the tightrope walk you are doing… with such humor and grace, skill and apparent joy.  As they would say in Japan, “Omedito!”  Congratulations.  This is clearly your vocation.”

She also sent this amazing poem by David Whyte

This is not the age of information.

This is not

the age of information

Forget the news,

and the radio,

and the blurred screen

This is the time

of loaves

and fishes

People are hungry,

and one good word is bread

for a thousand.

Third. Thirty-five years ago when in seminary I thought about “the church” until my head hurt. What is a local church? What is its mission? What to do with Jesus desire that we be one in stark contrast with the reality of denominations, house churches and the entrepreneurial, franchise start-ups popping up everywhere? Why are churches often so dysfunctional? Why are so many churches people eaters? Why do pastors lose their humanness? How did the celebrity church with its attractant pastor ever happen? What is the nature of apostolic succession. What to do about the power struggles in most churches?

I guess, the truth be known, I was relieved when God called me, not into the church, but into the world, to understand faith and culture and interpret each to the other, because walking that tightrope was more exhilarating than stepping into the morass of church goofiness.

But the questions never went away and now that I am professionally involved in a local church, they are pressing in on me again. I hope I do not become unhealthily preoccupied with church issues, because I think it is counterproductive, but when I look at the next generation, I realize their primary questions are ecclesiological, and I must say, their solutions so far don’t seem promising to me.

So I feel compelled to think about it, to apply what I know in one local church setting, and then to pass on what I learn, if anything.

Whatever I do, I don’t want to forget “This is the time of loaves and fishes and people are hungry.”

 

Posted in Staublog in June 15, 2011 by | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to Thoughts on K-Fest, following Jesus in the world and the heartache of the local church.

  1. ST061511 | Dick Staub on June 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    […] Whatever I do, I don’t want to forget “This is the time of loaves and fishes and people are hungry.” Read More. […]

  2. Beckie Sill on June 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I have been thinking about churches a lot lately also. How come we get so seeker friendly that we forget about the people that are already in the church? How come pastors are so dispensable? Where does community and relationship fit in with the emphasis on numbers and church growth? Isn’t nurturing the body to do works of service as important as bringing in new people? Why do churches so often work like corporations? Why is there so much hurt? I could go on…

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