Last week I had a good conversation with an old college friend on the subject of Church. To be fair, there was a lot of venting and criticizing going down. This was because we both saw American Churches as primarily institutionalized religious organizations that are self-oriented clubs that have lost its capacity to be salt and light in the world because it favors majoring on the minors of doctrinal distinctions.
How distinct are we from the person and life of Jesus as seen in the gospels? Well, Derrick Weston suggests that churches are set up for the A,B,C’s, (focusing on Attendance, Buildings, and Cash). Hard to argue with that. With such energy focused on maintenance and self preservation, how does it affect our call to be the hands and feet of Jesus? How do we faithfully live with a Posture of Service, as Jesus did.
Hope you enjoyed the interesting rendition of King’s famous Mountaintop speech given the day before his assassination. As it is often said, while may don’t have work or school today, let it be a day on rather than a day off. A day on of service, compassion, love, and sacrifice for your fellow neighbor, as we reflect the significance of King’s prophetic life.
Had the pleasure of hearing him perform this song over the summer when I took some youth there for a week of service. All I can say is powerful!!! (Oh and excuse the bad camera work, they were moving it all around at the end).
It is an early morning… as we grab lunch and prepare to serve throughout the week, low-income and elderly in the city of Pittsburgh. I’ll see how many updates I can do this week (all from my phone). Check out the Pittsburgh Project at http://www.pittsburghproject.com