Neighborhood Rather than Church
Once we make the shift from asking “What is God doing in my church?” to “What is God doing in my neighborhood?” radical change occurs in thinking about our purpose as God’s community on earth. This does not mean that we ignore the church, or that we stop investing in the church. Instead, we see the church as one very important part of the neighborhood ecosystem. We renounce the dualism that says sacred spaces exist in the church but not in our community, workplace and public places. Rather than focusing on creeds, information and conferences as helpful as those things are, we refuse to endorse a disembodied faith that fails to put into practice what we believe. More and more I see churches that are taking seriously a theology of the neighborhood.
December 8, 2016
I think our denomination should pay attention: “Although we often think of hospitality as a tame and pleasant practice, Christian hospitality has always had a subversive countercultural dimension. ‘Hospitality is resistance’. Especially when the larger society disregards or dishonours certain persons, small acts of respect and welcome are potent far beyond themselves. They point to …
I grew up in New York. I spent three years in North Carolina. I moved to Indiana when I was 15 or so. I’ve lived in Alaska longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. Each of those states has a pretty unique culture surrounding it. Each place was different. There was a different way of speaking. …
Oddly, the first step forward isn’t toward cutting edge strategies or culturally relevant events. It’s pressing into the gospel—the thing of first importance. The gospel is the good news that Jesus has defeated sin, death, and evil through his own death and resurrection and is making all things new, even us. This is good news in the city and for the city. The city is where death, evil, and destruction is obvious to all. The affects of sin, whether it is acknowledged as sin or not, is exposed in every neighborhood. The city is where the abused gather together. It’s where the enslaved, broken, and downtrodden end up. It’s where schools fail to keep kids safe. It’s where injustice is present on almost every corner. It’s where isolation from community, family, and others is rampant. Cities are settling grounds for fugitives and refugees. They gather orphans. They are the last stop for vulnerable women. The city is also a place for hope. It’s where we hope in our humanity, ingenuity, non-profits, and creative solutions.
– Brad Watson
July 6, 2016
…Many of us will fire up the grill in the backyard and invite friends over for a red meat fest, with an abundance of side dishes and desserts. While Jesus was probably more likely to grill fish than a ribeye, there’s no question that Jesus loved to share meals with others – and often got …