Monday, 19 November 2012

A New Reformation?

I still get asked all the time why I do not "go" to church. Sometimes it seems like a weekly discussion. Well, it happened again just a few days ago. People see some measure of spirituality, but they don't see church, that is, the traditional institutional church.

Have you ever experienced that? How do you answer people who ask these valid questions? If I were in their shoes, I'm sure I would be asking the same thing. Maybe you are in those shoes too and are asking similar questions. What can I say to try and create some sort of understanding as to what's going on in the church today?

Lately there is no shortage of books by a host of excellent authors. I could point you to several of them right now, but that could be a little overwhelming as you begin your quest to seek understanding. Or, I could start you off with this excellent little ten minute video. It's been around a while, and though I do not agree with everything in it, I still find it a great synopsis of what's happening in the "new reformation" that is the church today.

May God bless you and give you peace as you seek Him amidst your quest for understanding.

4 comments:

  1. My wife gets to hear me try to explain my journey to different people. She thinks it comes across best when I start with "I believe there is another reformation coming". People generally value the last reformation, and have a frame of reference then for the possibility for more change. My next post will be on this topic. :)

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    1. That new reformation is not only coming, but I think it is already here. Thanks for the comment, Jonathan. Peace and Blessings :)

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  2. When something is reformed, it is still recognizable as the same thing. Why? It has the same foundation but a few details are somewhat different. It is just that the furniture has been rearranged, as replacing the old furniture with a different style of the same furniture pieces, or the furniture has been refurbished, but still it is recognizable as the same properties and same foundation.

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    1. Kat, you are right, of course. Sometimes it does appear like in "reforming" we've done little more than rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. The real problem with reformations (such as the Protestant Reformation of yesteryear) is that they never seem to really go far enough. I hear what you're saying, sister, and perhaps my use of the word "reformation" was in some ways a poor choice. Still, I believe it is also the right word in the sense that, the way I walk out my faith today, really is a real "reformation" of sorts, in that it is miles and miles apart from my previous traditional and institutional view and understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Blessings, and thanks for sharing.

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