Final Stretch toward Home
I can hardly believe that this in now our last full week in France! What a gift this has been for me (us)! I got my SACRED SPACE manuscript edited before the computer froze up. We have met a new group of friends. I was asked to preach this coming zeek at the St. Jean du Gard Church again (of course with a translator).
I have read voraciiously again, especially appreciating Martin Marty,s "A Short Hisotry of Christianity" and Greg Boyd,s "The Myth of a Christian Nation". The two converge in that they force me to evaluate the effectiveness of the Christian Church (not the faith, but its container the church). I see a simultaneously strong and committed core of believers in France, who love Jesus, yet don,t quite "get" why their church is so small in numbers. Then I had conversations with other emerging-type Christians who have no time to bother with the "burden" of Church tradition, never seeing it as a mysterious gift from God. Then I think about the USA,S dropping numbers of participating believers, What,s the deal here?
I am committed more than ever before that the local church is God,s plan for the redemption of humankind. But that plan needs some help, tweaking, adusting, and evaluation.