Church Stuff-More or less

Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Contrary to what Google will tell you, I have been blogging for several year, right here. Look for Churchstuff-moreorless. life was a hell of a lot easier when you could talk to someone to get help. Now, you can't do it on the telephone, you can't do it on the internet. Life was easier and made more sense because people actually cared. Now they will screw you as quickly as they will help you. Unfuck the world.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday's Daily from Epiphany

John 15.8-My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and be(come) my disciples.

Wait a minute. What's this mean, Jesus? You picked each of us. You called us by name and invited us to follow you. We've been discipling all along, we thought that was what it was all about. You called our names out and we followed. We hung out with you, we listened to every word you said even if we didn't really understand them. We even usually got the answers to your tricky questions right.
So, Jesus, you mean to tell us that getting baptized, hanging around in church all the time-or at least occasionally-isn't what discipling is all about? That there is someting more?
Oh. It is not enough to be called, to be set apart. It isn't enough to listen to your words and try to understand them. While the bearing fruit is a bit confusing, we should all be about the business of living like all of this really mattered, as if it made a difference. Bearing fruit must be like carrying out your ministry, sharing it with others, and calling them to learn what we have learned all along but really haven't put to use.

It is not enough, Lord, to know you, to listen to your words unless we live lives that glorify your life in ours. Help us to be fruitful. Amen


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