I’m not really sure which blog I frequent had a link to this Alan Cox dude, but he seems interesting (in particular because: the cool hat in his picture, he’s also a web developer, a PhD student, and his interest in the purpose of the gathering of the church!) after reading his recent post Gathering and Going Out Together. Yeah you might think of me as all about house churches after reading it, but so be it… I really dig some of the ideas that seem to bubble up and happen in such things, like “someone led us in singing some songs”, and (it’s not in that post but a prior one) that they are *frequently* involved in connecting with some people that live in government housing – and in this post, they went down to that area and raked leaves.
The last paragraph is worthwhile copying in full:
It is so exciting to be part of a church that actually serves people! And, we don’t just serve people that we know, or people who are part of the church, or people who can serve us back. We serve people who we may never see again, who we have never seen before. But, we serve people because we love them. And, we love people because God first loved us.
So… check out his blog – it’s called The Assembling of the Church. I particularly like the blog description which is just Hebrews 10:24-25:
And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.
That’s awesome. I want to be part of something like that…. or if I can help in encouraging and stimulating, then all the better. I find it interesting that little phrase in between my bolded phrases: “not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some”, what about you? Let me explain that in my mind, I am thinking about really coming together and getting to know each other… not just the 5 minute ‘hey how ya doin this week?’ exchange but a real opportunity to lay down some roots in our conversations and dig in and get to know each other. What really sucked about the week, but also what was awesome… yeah sometimes it seems like we don’t do that.