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March 02, 2007

Not Either Or But Both And

We are all often guilty of making sacred the ways God moves in our lives and some time make the mistake of making our experience normative for others. Some of us accepted Christ as the result of a worship experience that dramatically impacted us. There are others who saw and experienced Christ as we observed others involved in a mission outside of the worship hour. This could have been witnessing people of a congregation involved in ministry with the homeless, reaching out to latch key children, building a Habitat House, speaking up for justice for those who could not speak for themselves or in a mission trip overseas.

I believe all of these to be valid avenues to experiencing the Risen Christ. The trouble comes when we elevate one over the other. The Great Commission calls us to go and make disciples while the fifth chapter of Matthew's gospel tells us Jesus admonished us to let our light shine that people may see our good works and give glory to God. In each instance the goal is the same and that is to share this good news of God's redeeming act in Jesus Christ and to demonstrate God's desire to be in communion with humanity. And we need not argue over which is valid.

If we look at the track record of the Church in recent years we need to spread the good news by all means available to us rather than spend our time debating which is more sacred, godlier, or more valid.

Posted by Bishop at March 2, 2007 12:04 AM


That's very true. When there is some deficiency in the Church, we often overcorrect instead of correct.

Posted by: John at March 15, 2007 09:28 PM

I was glad to meet you at the UMM meeting. I am really looking forward to the Men's Revival in '08. One thought, Mark Winter-a Methodist Evangalist who blogs also (One Man Show), might be someone to consider for the revival.

Posted by: DannyG at March 5, 2007 09:24 PM