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Moth Balls

Posted by on Sep 12, 2009 in blog links, discipleship | 4 comments

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?


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  1. 9-12-2009

    You must be an exceptionally postitive person, Alan. It seems you may have neglected to type yet another not. (!) (end of quote) Fascinating… 😉

  2. 9-12-2009

    Great illustration Alan! Even when in motion, sometimes the church is much like the old liner: it takes a long time and a lot distance to turn.

    We need to be lean and able to respond to His voice immediately, and I just don’t see how we can do it from an institutionalized position.

    Here is another illustration: the SR-71 Blackbird flew at mach 3.0 +, three times the speed of sound. When flying at that speed at 80,000 feet it would take around 100 miles to make a turn.

    Let’s not go so fast that we get ahead of what the Lord is leading us to do.

  3. 9-12-2009


    I like your thinking.

  4. 9-12-2009

    Oh. Doh. “Unless”. I get it now.
    Awesome thoughts, by the way.