Sorry I haven’t made it here in awhile. It’s not that I don’t have anything to blog about… it’s that so much life is happening that I find it difficult to write about it in a timely fashion!
Take my chat session with Will Samson last Friday night… Will came through here, and I began reading his blog regularly, so I decided to “meet” him. I shouldn’t be amazed at how it is possible to “meet” online and “talk” about real things, to make a genuine connection with someone who is not physically present. After all, as Doug Pagitt pointed out at Soliton, we’ve been doing this for decades over a contraption called the telephone.
For me, the nexus of our conversation was a phrase Will used in a recent posting: It’s the end of the Church as we know it. We talked about how this will be terrible for some people and wonderful for others. I had to leave our chat to tuck in my kids, but the phrase has stuck with me and haunted me. Could it be true? In Meyers-Briggs land, I am a Sensor and not an Intuitor — and all my senses tell me that it is true, and that the hope of the church lies in the future, not the past.
Note that this is not the end of the Church! But it is the end of the Church as we know it. As I related my “conversation” with Will to my wife, we found that this phrase is a paradigm-buster, opening our minds to brainstorm in new ways. A church that might not be recognized as a church — what might such a church look like? What forms would it take? As we sat in a pizza joint on Saturday discussing this, Kay looked around and said… why couldn’t a church facility look like this?