We Calvinist/Reformed types held another conference in Louisville last week, the annual “Together For The Gospel” fest.
7000 of the frozen chosen came to hear Piper, Mohler, and other Calvinist glitterati.
I could have cared less and that’s an odd attitude for me.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with these events, but in my opinion they point to the two biggest problems in the American church today.
First, it’s all about gurus.
Every group has them, whether it’s Chuck Smith, Rick Warren, or John Piper.
They get an inordinate amount of both attention and criticism and their opinions carry way too much weight.
The local pastor gets no respect unless he gets a book deal or speaking invitations.
Which brings me to the second problem…the real big one.
In the early church the division between churches was not denominational, it was geographical.
Thus the letters to the church in Corinth, Ephesus, Galatia, etc.
When opponents of the health care bill said the “church” should take care of the sick my response was that it can’t because the church no longer is associated with a place, but with a sect.
To the degree to which we are able, we need to correct that.
The church in my Rogue Valley has different challenges than the church in Orange County, CA.
The pastors I need to be gathering with and hearing from are the ones who minister where I live.
We need to be knocking down whatever barriers keep us from being “the church in the Rogue Valley” and meeting the needs of the people here.
The same Holy Spirit that indwells Piper, Mahaney, Laurie, and Graham indwells the pastor of the little Baptist church down the street.
I don’t even know his name…
In other stuff…
The National Day of Prayer breakfast was canceled by Obama, the proclamation of the day declared unconstitutional and folks are upset.
I don’t care.
I wasn’t invited and I can eat at home.
The National Day of Prayer had become a Republican political ad and I didn’t pay any attention anyway.
If the church decides to be the church and not a political shill, God may answer some of the prayers we’re praying…
I’m reading a pre release copy of a book by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola…and it is stunningly good…so far.
I’m going to try to catch up on email today…