Repost from Jesus Creed: “So we cancelled it all…”

I saw this video posted at Jesus Creed yesterday and I just can’t get it off my mind.  The video is a product of the Episcopal Story Project.  It’s like a Rorschach test, I guess, because the reactions in the comment section at Jesus Creed were all over the map.  It hits a little close to home for me, being a woman in ministry, believing that teaching is my primary calling.  I think the line about people not wanting to have “leisurely conversations” about Jesus is the one I find most troubling.

There’s much we don’t know about this church and this pastor, but just taking her story at face value, it’s worth thinking about.  Is this symptomatic of what’s happening in most churches?  And if so, is it a problem?

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About Sharon Autenrieth

Wife, mom to 5, homeschooler, Christian Education Director, idealist, malcontent, follower of Jesus.
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One Response to Repost from Jesus Creed: “So we cancelled it all…”

  1. Augh! I had about four paragraphs worth of comment on this, and I lost it in two unfortunate keystrokes – what a day. Let me try again:

    – My heart goes out to this pastor. I think she made the right decision, though – any decision that faces reality squarely is a step in the right direction, IMHO.

    – This phenomenon is probably more common in mainline denominations than among Evangelicals or non-denominational Christians. Most mainliners (and especially Catholics) gain their Christian identity from having been born an Episcopalian, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, etc. It’s a tribal identity, not one that came from a truth-seeking choice. If you weren’t raised with the idea that you need to work at being worthy of being called a Christian, why would you? “I’m a good person, aren’t I?” etc.

    – My friend Sherry Weddell of the Catherine of Siena Institute (www.siena.org) has been studying a similar phenomenon among Catholics: namely, that Catholic catechesis has just rolled off the backs of a couple of generations of Catholic kids, and the insight she hit upon was this: Catechesis, i.e. teaching what the Church believes, is supposed to build on our response to the kerygma, the proclamation of the Gospel (Romans 13:14) – and we’ve been assuming this has been happening when it hasn’t. Without an encounter with Jesus Christ, how can you understand what you’re lacking in terms of goodness and holiness? If the Jesus you ‘know’ is a really great guy who lived 2000 years ago and was kind to outsiders and fed the poor and helped sick people and challenged religious authorities and was unjustly killed by political adversaries, that creates a different view of ‘being like Jesus’ than a person who has met the Living Presence of Christ and wants to be like Him in his/her daily life.

    – This brings up two other bigger questions for leaders of congregations with these sorts of problems: 1) Is what I’m preaching/teaching really the Gospel? 2) If I’m giving them the real/whole Gospel, how are they missing it?

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