a Biblical thought...
"No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don't put wine in old, cracked bottles; you get strong, clean bottles for your fresh vintage wine. And no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers unaged wine." (Luke 5:36-39)
a Book thought...
In order to fulfill its calling as God's pilgrim people, the Church must courageously maintain flexibility in matters traditional. (p44 Needham)
a Dave thought...
The other day I was in a conversation with a former colleague of mine from my days at Tabor bible college. After the usual banter we got onto the topic of church, in which she let me know that she no longer attends. Without me having to even prod any further she said, "the church is no place for singles". These six words have been stuck in my mind the last week, and continue to disturb me. You see this is a conversation I had with many while I was a youth & young adults pastor and although we try and come up with answers there seems to be so much truth in this statement. I've observed that if a twenty-something hasn't started dating someone in church or has a position of leadership they often say good bye to attending a place of worship.
It seems to me in a world that is increasingliy becoming more singular, with now 1 in 4 households being sole occupied in Australia we are unable to adjust with societal changes until often it is too late.
The kingdom of God is a place for all cultures, all ages, all genders and both marrieds and singles alike, but until we are more reflective of the kingdom we will continue be helping some out the door. Maybe it is time not just to pray Your Kingdom Come but lets actually live it out in our churches.
Just a thought.
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