So some of you will remember that since September, I’ve been helping out some friends of mine with worship music at a church plant they are doing. Which means I have spent the past several months back in a more traditional church setting. It’s surprising that I was actually invited to do this, because I let these guys know up front where I stood on certain issues, but they agreed to take me as they found me. They also believe in our desire to see an out-of-the-box missional creative thing happen here, and I believe they’re sincere in wanting to be part of that process.
Not that it’s all been roses. For one thing…well…they read this blog. (Hi, Eugene!)
I don’t even remember now what specifically I wrote here that sparked it, but a couple of months ago we had a very serious conversation about some things I wrote, talking over our overall connection and whether we could (or should) still walk together. The good thing is that we were able to talk it through honestly on both sides, and come to some mutual understanding, without either side feeling like we had to compromise something important. Overall, it’s been a healthy tension to live in. The differences in our beliefs about church challenge us and keep us sharp.
But now, something’s going to happen. After months of living in this healthy tension, this upcoming Sunday, I’m going to do something I haven’t done in nearly a year…and something I haven’t done in nearly two years outside my own living room.
I’m going to give the sermon.
Seriously? What were they thinking? What am I thinking?
The last time I did this in someone else’s congregation, I was publicly rebuked, tossed out, and blocked from all further communication. I made these guys promise not to do that. They said they wouldn’t. So I guess it’s okay.
But still. The guy who writes this blog is gonna give a sermon in that gathering?
Lord, help us all. 😀