Thursday, September 27, 2012

De-newing Worship

Once upon a time our faith thrived in a non-Christian empire. It took less than 300 years for 11 scared dudes to take over the most powerful empire the world had ever seen. How did they do it? Where we have opted for a relevant, homogenously grouped, segregated, attractional professionalized model; the early church did it with a  multi-ethnic, multi-social class, seeker INsensitive church. Worship was filled with sacrament and symbol. It engaged the believing community in the Christian narrative. This worship was so God-directed and insider-shaping that in the early church non-Christians were asked to leave the building before communion! With what effect? From that fellowship of the transformed, the church went out to the highways and byways loving and serving the least, last and lost. In that body of Christ, Christians shared their faith with Romans 1:16 boldness, served the poor with abandon, fed widows and took orphans into their homes. The world noticed. We went to them in love rather than invited them to our event.  Matt Marino

Read the entire article titled: What is so uncool about 'cool' churches Unintended Consequences: How the “relevant” church and segregating youth is killing Christianity.  HERE

 I believe we have some serious rethinking to do regarding how and why we worship.

 LORD have mercy,  Brian+


  1. Hi Brian+
    Thanks for re-posting my blog. It is an interesting time we live in. Much of what folks predicted years ago are coming to pass. I had a post today about why the, in the US at least, the mega-church works for the over 35 but not the under. Love your blog title. I will be spending more time here. Thanks for helping me discover your place on the web.

    1. Thank-you Matt. Your post on 'relevant' church resonates with so much of what many churches have come to feel they must do to remain a witness. Yet, it is a counter-intuitive insight that we are called to be true to faithful, God-directed worship: then comes mission. I become more and more grieved with marketing approaches within the worship space, and feel it even to be a de-humanizing methodology. Your article articulated these things very well. Thank-you for sharing your wisdom. Blessings.