I am right now re-reading The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch. I love this book which is helping me right now re engage with what "Church" means to me. In this book he looks at both the first 200 years of the church as well as the church as it existed in China after Mao's intense purge and violent persecution of christians. As it turns out these two vigorous expressions of church look absolutely nothing like what happens in a typical building with a cross on top today anywhere in the US.
Grand Rapids has been called "The City Of Churches" New comers to the city are often surprised how often they are asked "Where do you go to church?" What are we really doing in those religious buildings is an important question. The Bible itself is a very strange and mystical book chuck full of supernatural events. Angels, demons, off the charts miracles and interprated dreams that change the course of history. Where is that happening today?
I grew up going to church. I have had some very dynamic, life changing experiences within church. Yet my experience of church came to be stifling, suffocating and boring. It became something that I have come to avoid and yet I carry on with a heart that goes towards Jesus like a compass needle wants North. I feel like I need a new word for church, heck I feel like a need a whole new language, a new paradigm. I want to tap into the power that touched those guys on the beach who dropped their nets and walked off with Jesus leaving their dad shaking his head. What was that?