I recently shared this article by Barnabas Piper that criticizes today’s “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”.
I got a mixed response to the article and was asked what I thought. I’m not sure whether my thoughts add anything, as I largely agree with Piper, but here they are anyway…
Take a listen to these prophetic words written by Paul Harvey nearly 50 years ago. It’s almost like these were his instructions, and they have been followed with precision. (Transcript follows)
On a weekend when the world remembers the 9/11 that made that date infamous, many questions remain unanswered.
My concern is that there are answers that remain unquestioned.
Just over a week ago, I started
posting my notes from some talks of Alan Hirsch’s we attended. Today, I continue recounting these with notes from Thursday evening, which was the culmination of Forge Chicago’s week-long training. (If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend you check them out.
[When it comes to church],
the adventure has gone out of the venture
Communitas [def]: The type of community formed in adversity.
That ‘adversity’ can also include short-term missions, sports teams, etc.) Communitas – a form of solidarity- forms after wins
or losses as long as the team comes together. During storms and events like 9/11,
communities turn into communitas by a shared experience – often hardship. Communitas is a new way of relating.
People who were friends or associates become comrades. This is an entirely new dynamic. When communitas is established, people will have a lot of
“remember when…” stories, because their relationship was borne of, or developed in adversity.
We made a sojourn to WalMart yesterday and saw the signs of the season: chocolate-covered marshmallow crucifixes. Awesome. How long before Keebler makes electric chair cookies? Or my favorite, lethal injection lollipops. (Is letting junior suck on a syringe any worse than crunching through a krispity cross?)