Pete passionately states several things about church:
1. It's not a building
2. It's not programs
3. It's not the style of worship
His metaphor is a shocker-I would more liken it to a spiritual drug that the church has created with it's culture. And unfortunately for those of us who lead her today, we bare responsibility for her addiction to the things that she thinks she must have.
Tell me, are these things being the church:
1. Ministering to children who have no parents or a being raised by grandparents?
2. Taking food to people who have no food?
3. Giving clothes to those who need warmth?
4. Providing shelter for those who have no home?
5. Praying daily for the sick and infirm?
6. Meeting people in the community where they are, instead of at the church?
How about my friends with church starts that have no building to meet in except on Sunday? Can they be the church without a permanent home? (The answer is yes and perhaps they are more "church" than those with established homes).
I'm thankful for Pete's honesty and you can see by the 88 plus comments that his passion resonates with people who want to "be the church" instead of just going to church.
Your thoughts...how did this strike you?