From the folks over at Patrol Mag…go here to read the whole article.
This reminds me of something out of Modern Reformation…”those who have ears” will get my point!
While it is seemingly en vogue to “bash” traditional church these days, I often cringe at such articles…especially with titles such as this. But this article does merit a close read. The author, Stephen Simpson, a psychologist with Fuller Seminary, has some very legitimate issues. The following begs for an answer:
We need to decide. We need to figure out, once again, what it means to follow Christ together. This is a plea, not a prescription…I want to be taught, but only if I can ask questions and participate in dialogue. Mostly, I just want to eat, drink, laugh, and enjoy other people. That’s where I find God.
As I see it, this is a cry for community that is interactive, and as such a call to the practices of the early churches. Meetings that were inclusive, that looked forward to participation from all, that were dominated by the Spirit of Christ.
Seriously…read the article and see if you can relate.
I did, and I hope you do, too.