Many of us have attended church gatherings in different buildings with a variety of styles and philosophies behind them. Big ones, small ones, old ones and modern ones. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly! And I’m sure some of us felt our inner interior designer or architect emerge every now and then, where we’ve wished we could rearrange things a little. Or maybe you just have an inner elder-to-be and you’ve felt that church buildings don’t facilitate the best atmosphere for Christian communities to prosper. Either way, we’ve all felt some things distract or focus us, excite or frustrate us. Perhaps we have a pet hate for hard pews, or we once visited a church and loved their really cool coffee shop attached. Whatever the case, I’m sure we all agree that the church building influences our experience of the church service in some way.
If YOU were asked to design and build a new church building, and you wanted it to be a good influence on the congregation, how would you try to achieve that? What things would you do differently to the norm? What traditional elements would you keep?
I’d love to hear what your ideal church building would be like and why! 🙂
“And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”
“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
What was Jesus expecting? Continue reading
I was reading Matt 3-5, and it stood out to me how Jesus described righteousness:
- Matt 3:15 “…for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” (fulfill = make replete, cram, level up)
- Matt 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…”
- Matt 5:20 “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Something that I have heard quite a few people say recently (one way or another) is:
“From a Christian perspective… What should us believers do in _______ situation?”
I have had numerous conversations like this before: should missionaries flee persecution or embrace it? Should a Christian husband use violence to defend his family or country? Is it wrong for a believer to invest in a company on the stock exchange that might be doing business unethically? I am sure you know some as well – those grey areas that we want help with. What is interesting about such discussions is that they rarely produce a satisfactory answer. Continue reading