The Shunning

Sometimes I read a blog post on the web… often addressing secular themes, and I can’t help but immediately apply them to the religious/spiritual world. Today, as I often do, I was reading Seth Godin:

My take… Shun the people who do not interpret the Bible as you do. And shun the people who have protected those people. Shun the people who see the problems in the church you see, but who have a different solution. Shun the people who don’t come to your programs or events. Shun the people who are not shunning the right people. Shun those who have slighted you. And shun those who did not realize that they should be shunning the people you are shunning.

Not too many people left in your church to worship with?

It’s not easy, and I can’t promise good results, but engagement is often better than shunning. Especially with those who are on ‘your team’, and preaching the same things you preach. 

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Self Care

We all love a good work ethic, and pastors are often judged by the quantity of what they do over its effectivness.

The result is that we people pleasers are satisifed with looking busy and showing up here, there and everywhere. But true effectiness comes by looking after our very being. By slowing down often enough to connect with God.

A work horse must eat… or it is only a matter of time before it’s msater will discard it. Kingdom workers must find time away, and recharge.

Jesus did it.

Last Halloween (And the next one too!)

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Every year, my church up in Mariposa California puts on a show – on Halloween.

The town loves this tradition and loads of kids and their parents hit the streets all dressed up – with no particular place to go. They follow a route that wanders through stores and homes… and as it turns out – right past our church.

So rather than lament the various parts of this holiday we don’t like (and many in the church will happily tell you how much they do not like Halloween), we put on a show. Usually some walk through experience of some kind.

This year we had three possible Gods. Two of them we were pretty sure were false gods, the other one might be real.

So I, as the MC, interviewed these three characters, asking them the kind of questions many people would want to ask God if he were sitting right in front of us… how do you respond to your hurting creation?  Why did you create people if you knew they could sin? All leading up to our final question… why did Jesus have to die?

This year, 400 kids and their parents visited, and on a sugar high sat completely still… guessing which god was the real God.

The gospel was preached to witches, zombies, people in various states of life and death, Cyndarella’s, Dorothy’s, people dressed up as candies, and various other things I couldn’t recognize.

On the way out some took Bibles which some showed off to their friends, others were able to share tradgedy in their life, and many told us how well we had portrayed God – which was our intent after all.

We made friends. We shared the gospel. We used our smiles, presence and our words. We felt so connected to God, our community and our calling.

Today we clean up… asking in the middle of moving make shift stages, and concrete bricks and curtains and tables etc…  was it really worth it?

Well… we’ll be doing some version of it again next year. So what do you think?