Dave Black published this a few days ago on his blog:
I recall how one year, when we still lived in California, Becky and I dined at Sir Winston’s Restaurant aboard the Queen Mary, which is permanently docked in Long Beach Harbor. It’s sad to contemplate such a great ocean liner in moth balls, good for little more than weddings and parties. The book of Acts, which will be the focus of next week’s theology class, is the story of a church on the go. The same quality of church can be born in Nelson, Virginia, and in your town or city. The mark of a “moving” church is that it exists for others. Vitality, vibrancy, urgency, and involvement complement each other. Both our beliefs and our style of life testify to the life-changing power of Jesus. The church in America needs to rediscover the power of the Gospel. Unless the quality of our lives is a contrast to the dull drabness of the world, our churches deserve to be docked forever like the Queen Mary.
I have heard people talk about the “life” of their church as it relates to their Sunday and/or Wednesday meetings. It seems to me that those planned, weekly meetings are the “dock” for the church. For life to exist, it must exist outside of those planned, weekly meetings.
Perhaps many people think there is life in the church, but they are actually just seeing activity at the dock?