January 2, 2008 by

What this is, and is not


Categories: You need to read this

We’re early in this discussion, and in my last post I gave a little bit of personal background. Before I continue that thread, I think it’s fair to let everyone know where I am, and am not, going with this.

  • I am not here to start church-bashing. Jesus loves His church, and so do I. I don’t intend to disrespect Jesus by slamming the church.
  • I am, however, going to try and make a clear distinction between the church of Scripture and institutional Christianity. Part of our problem is that over the centuries Christians have lost the true definition of what the “church” is. We confuse “church” for a building, an organization, a service time, or an institution. The church is sometimes encased in these structures, but those things have never been our identity. We’ll try to identify one from the other.

  • I am not here to challenge sound doctrine. I recognize some readers may not recognize the Bible as the final authority on these matters, and I respect their right not to. But I do, and probably in another post, I will explain why.
  • I am, however, going to question certain methods of “doing church” and ministry that I believe are, at best, losing their effectiveness in a changing culture, and at worst, alienating the very people we are supposed to be reaching.
  • I am not going to be sterile and diplomatic in this discussion. Like many in my position, not only have I been disillusioned with a lot of what I’ve seen in institutional Christianity, but I’ve also experienced pain because of it. It would be dishonest not to admit that hurt and process that woundedness. So sometimes I may express some strong opinions. You are free to comment back to me, whether you agree or disagree.
  • I am going to try to be fair, and I pledge to be forgiving. I know the church consists of imperfect people, and there are reasons why good people act like idiots sometimes. My hope is that in processing both my feelings and my opinions honestly, it will bring healing to others even as I find continued healing for myself.

I’m looking forward to continuing this thread. Hope you are, too.

Musician. Composer. Recovering perfectionist. Minister-in-transition. Lover of puns. Hijacker of rock song references. Questioner of the status quo. I'm not really a rebel. Just a sincere Christ-follower with a thirst for significance that gets me into trouble. My quest has taken me over the fence of institutional Christianity. Here are some of my random thoughts along the way. Read along, join in the conversation. Just be nice.

4 Responses to What this is, and is not

  1. Karenkool

    Have you been in Tulsa all this time since college? When it comes to the spiritual and church experience there is such a huge difference in the cultural current than here in NY, but the odd thing is, the same type of “rethinking” is going on everywhere.

    Can I say… I am glad to finally be outside of the church leadership track. It’s a different world. I went through an identity crisis for a few years, but I am a much healthier person now. (I think…)

  2. Jeff McQ

    Thanks for the tip. Took a look at Brant’s page–I like it. (But mine will be better, haha–so much for the “lighter side”.) 😀

  3. Karenkool

    Well, please find time to post a few college memories–like Dinkledorf stories and whatnot.

    Oh, and maybe a vlog on how you and your family cross a speed bump in your car. That would be a classic post!

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