Since I usually write about the church on my blog, many people assume that I spend alot of time talking to people about the church. In fact, the opposite is true. Unless someone brings up a topic related to the church, I’d much prefer talking to people about what God is doing in our lives and how we can help each other mature in Christ. Dave Black wrote a good reminder concerning focusing on forms (Sunday, March 23, 9:20 PM):
The obsession with institutionalism and ritualism is something the evangelical church has long possessed. Yet the Holy Spirit is still at work in our institutions and rituals. Love is more important than the external forms of “doing church,” and a small, apparently tradition-bound congregation held together by strong bonds of love may be of far greater significance than an apparently “New Testament” church that is in reality permeated with an over-emphasis upon the wineskins. The reality of genuine friendship, spontaneity, and spiritual liberty is of the greatest importance, and too much emphasis on the externals can be stupefying.
So, if you ask me in person, I’ll be glad to explain to you my views of the church. But, if you don’t as me, you’ll probably never hear me explain my views. However, hopefully, you will see me live out my views of the church in my relationships with the people around me.