The Dynamic Church
When did people start "going to church?" I mean, going as opposed to being the church. When did church become something you do instead of something you are? When did people start "attending" church as if it were a baseball game. Whenever that started happening, I think the church got really boring.
After Easter, I typically read through the book of Acts, the account of the earliest Christians. It was anything but boring. Fire comes on their heads and they become bi-lingual, tri-lingual, quad-lingual . . . (Acts 2). The apostles get arrested for preaching the risen Jesus and an angel does a jailbreak (Acts 5:19). Like Star Trek, a Christian named Philip is transported from a desert road with an African eunuch to a town called Azotus (8:40). A religious zealot named Paul is blinded by an encounter with Jesus (9:9). Peter has a trip of a dream - not induced by any substance - and he’s told to take Jesus to outsiders (Acts 10). And on and on.
If you wanted a comfortable, stable, traditional church experience, this is not for you. There is an edginess to the early Christians. For them the church was not a place they attended. It was who they were. It was a dynamic community gathered in and through Jesus, animated by the Holy Spirit. The early church was always in flux; often appearing chaotic; persecuted yet thriving; moving and never static; anything but boring.
There still are really cool, dynamic, "not boring" Christians. Some of them go to my church . . . I mean, they are my church. I hope more people get to meet them.
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