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Are we still one body?

One generation which was always connected was the generation of teens and young adults in the church. In this era of rapid change, did something happen with that connection?  Electronic “gismos’, the internet, social media – all have had their say in shaping tomorrow’s church goers.

Though we have kept the dynamics and the structure of the well-loved institution called church, more and more what we have in today’s world can’t be associated or compared to our traditional understanding of church.

Young people still love God and are serving Him in the real world, but some are beginning to feel there is no need to be associated with anyone or any group to do that. How did this change in attitude toward religion surface and how it will affect the future existence of this institution?

The values, world views and thinking of emerging generations are being shaped by a societal and cultural context that is increasingly foreign and distant from our church culture.” (Raj Attiken, president of the Ohio Conference)  This phenomenon of unaffiliated people who want an honest relationship with God is creating a new generation of believers who are spiritual but not religious.

And the spiritual interest of this generation is processed differently. Their definition of truth is based on how it relates to their life.  Whatever part of spirituality works for them is their truth.  That denominational connection, seen by us as an asset, is considered a roadblock for them.  “The effect of postmodernism, secularism and globalism is widely proclaiming this new philosophy saying that corporate identity isn’t very important anymore. They may still want the feeling of belonging, though not to a corporate brand, but to a group of people who have similar experiences.” Adventist Today, Loren Seibold, August 26, 2013

So is this the end of something we call church?

I don’t believe so. As the roots are different from the branches, so is today’s manifestation of the church different from the pasts.  We can emphasize our differences and become more and more individualistically minded as long as we don’t forget who the head is – Jesus Christ.

He calls the shots.

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13   NIV

September Blog

Religion or spirituality? How about authenticity?

A Fathers' Day thought

With Father's Day just around the corner, give a thought to the fathers you know, and in particular, those who have the added challenge of doing it alone...                                                                                                                                                                                                 A few weeks ago I ended up going to the women’s retreat again…  I know, I know you might wonder why a man would go to a women’s retreat with over 500 women present.

Well, let me tell you there is a perfect explanation: I was part of the support staff working with the audio/visual department, providing the technical backup.

No doubt about it, all the ladies had a great time bonding with the speaker, chatting with each other and making new friends.  Even those who went to find a piece of quite accomplished what they were after.  Phillip Island and the resort where they stayed met everyone’s needs.

Sometimes I wonder about single dads.  Nobody talks about them.  There are no events to bring them together to show them support and provide them with counsel or ideas.  At times misunderstood, mistreated and lonely, they try to manage their life; succeeding at work, caring for their children and dealing with the regular everyday tasks are testing their ability to hold on and survive another day.

This Father's Day, take a moment to think about someone in this situation that you know… put yourself in their shoes…

These men may seem strong and rough, hardly admit that they might need support.  We should not forget – they are only human, in desperate need of our love and care and prayers.

 

 

Bits and pieces

Anne Frank once said “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

Most mornings, while sipping on a hot drink, I try to catch up with what’s happening in the world.  And I doubt I am the only one - there is a general feeling that we may have missed something while we were sleeping. And in this age of technology, it is very easy to get carried away watching the lives of others – be it TV or Twitter - while at the same time we don’t live our own. The last few days were incredibly beautiful. The crisp air, blue sky and sunshine gave me a boost to be creative. It’s time to get back on the good old bike again and take a ride. So while some watch other peoples’ lives, I will try to have my own.  And I challenge you to try too – who knows what we will accomplish!