Gosh. This must might make me think that you’re a bit on the cynical side, MP.
Not particularly (in this instance). I was inspired by reading this post:
on a blog that Tracie recommended to me.
Didn’t mean to imply that it was a bad thing! 🙂
I didn’t mean to imply that I am not normally cynical 🙂
You know, in all seriousness, I struggle with this one. I can actually trace my sense of commitment as a Christian to the beauty I found in the church – the building, the music, AND the fact that I had a gift the the church wanted: my ability to sing. I began serving the church in this capacity, believe it or not, when I was three. My father also felt at home in the church because of his singing. I’m not sure if my family would have participated at all in a house church.
At the same time, I value the principle discussed in the blog post you mention here, MP.
It’s a vexing issue, actually.
See my newer post “The Inconvenient Temple.”
I am a thought in process 🙂
“I’m not sure if my family would have participated at all in a house church.”
Same here, Ellie.
Then, you wouldn’t have worshipped in a catacomb? You wouldn’t have followed a man who slept out-of-doors, when no one else offered Him a place?
What are you worshipping, then?
I ask all this, knowing that I probably wouldn’t have gone to a house-church, either, and it disgusts me about myself. If we wouldn’t, then what are we doing this for? What do we really hope we’re doing?
I think most of us wouldn’t go to house churches, because we think its “icky” and weird. They’re not, it is simply that they aren’t the norm. We also love our toys and trinkets that garner our temples that feeling of being vaguely “spiritual”. And part of that is because we attribute some theological import to stained glass and the shiny chalice, rather than realizing it is a defense for wanting the church to be powerful.
I’m pretty sure that most of us would be more comfortable in house churches if our parents took us to one as children.
I think you have hit the nail on the head, Drew.
Sadly too often true.
House churches have kept the Anglican Church alive in Harare, Zimbabwe. I am afraid that when the Anglican church is no longer persecuted in Zimbabwe, it will lose this wonderful and powerful gift. House churches strive in times of persecution.Rudo
We worry a lot about how we care for people and whether or not their needs are being met, and that’s well and good. But I think that we often forget that it’s not just one another we care for. We care for all of creation, including its time, and its spaces. Making a space holy is one of the things that we do together by our praying and worshiping; and, again, that’s all good. But church buildings are not the only kinds of places that can be made holy or that we recognize as having been made holy. So while I value these holy spaces, created by many prayers of people who came before me, I think we might do well to start working on some of the other spaces too.
I think you are spot on, Lindy. Thanks.