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Office / Church Alignment

One of the subtle ways that I think the church has lost alignment with the modern world is its use of large centralised worship experiences, preferably with the congregation in rows.

To me, this is "normal" for a 1930s office and factory arrangement with block arrangements of desk and chairs.
There were fixed hours, fixed breaks, and fixed seating in lines. Being at work was defined as sitting at your desk.

We have dis-graced ourselves......

I am appalled not just by the phone tapping of the Indonesian president's wife, but the response.

When this topic comes up, my conversations have mostly expressed the following viewpoints:
- "Everybody does it, it is how the world is (shrug)"
- "Of course we would try, anything is a valid approach in Nation State security (gritty reality grin)"
- "We are pretty clever aren't we (hip hooray)"

Even the Indonesian Foreign minister seems to believe this is acceptable behaviour.

Tolerance doesn't sell papers

"Church Accepts Gays" Says No Headline Ever

Read a paper, watch the news, Google stuff and something will become clear: tolerance doesn't sell papers (unless you are Pope Francis, for obvious reasons).

Counting down to Christmas.... 110 days, 109 days, 108 days, 107 days......

Advent means coming; someone/ something special is coming; this event is worth preparing for. It will be difficult if it arrives and catches us unawares.

It is not easy to wait and prepare in our consumer-oriented culture. We expect a quick response to our needs. I met a young family recently whose little boy had been counting down to Christmas for some time. He had started with 110 days to go to Christmas and, when I visited, there were still 42 days to go. What courage that little boy has! But his parents are worried he won’t last the distance… It’s hard to wait and prepare.

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