Posted by: ubahleeob | November 7, 2008

These Days…..

 

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Wow, it has been a long while since I posted.  As with most bloggers, at times life takes you in other directions.  But I also think that writing and inspiration can be like a wave, it hits the beach with such force and then that power dissipates.  So much has happened — the continuation of the new job, a new President, our search for a home (tired of giving $$ to the landlord), and the continuing evolution of how I look at things. 

One thing  I do intend on blogging about is the importance of “authenticity”.  I have a dear friend that pastors a small church that is smaller now thanks to a split.  The worship band was offered a paying gig at a bigger church, took the offer and half the church went with them.  Well, my friend is wondering what to do with his decimated fellowship.  One suggestion is to kick off the new year with a big blow out re-introduction.  Kind of a “Here We Are — Try Us, You’ll Love Us ” thing.  And that would seem to make sense.  But……..

If you have read anything that I have ever written you know that I am a big fan of what Rob Woodrum and the fellowship he shepherds (Eastgate Fellowship in Panama City Beach) has done.  Rob would say that he really hasn’t had anything to do with the fellowship’s growth, but I disagree.  I think it is the very fact that Rob tries to subordinate himself, take the spotlight off of anything that they do, that has in fact made the difference.  If there is one thing that they seem to crave and covet at Eastgate it is “authenticity”.  And while I have learned that there is no template for church growth that really works everywhere (remember we are a body  not a machine), I think the idea of authenticity translates into any situation.

Also, I have been thinking about what it means to be a follower of Christ and an American.  This is what I mean, I know that I am to pray for the new president.  I want him to be successful and our country to be at peace.  But, it is likely that I will disagree with some of his policies.  What am I to do with that?? Where do my responsibilities lie, on both fronts?  For so long many of us have seen our Christianity and our American citizenship wrapped together, you can’t be one without the other.  I am struggling with this idea, this internal separation of Church and State (if it even exists). I plan on writing about this idea as well.

So, there you have it  — peace

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