Here is the third in our first "perspectives series" on change ... three views over three weeks on change as it relates to us in our church community
No perspective is definitively wrong or right, each is just a perspective. But each also reflects a thoughtful consideration of the challenge of change: now, what's your perspective?
"Christianity, by definition, embodies the glorification of Christ. Social media has for its purpose mostly self-glorification, and therefore can be viewed by the most staunch of Christians as Satan's tool since it detracts from Godly matters and focuses on personal matters.
Such issues as bad hair days, cherubic infants and relationship statuses (good, bad or ugly) are at the top of the list of social media priorities. Not Christ."
Read the rest <here>
Survival ... a question few of us have ever have to really deal with. But survival of our practices, our ideas, and our institutions ... these are things we fight for daily.
However, when we ask about survival of the church, we need to ask what it means for a church to survive, why it should survive, and how it should survive. This weeks perspectives follows on from last weeks topic, and asks whether change is needed for survival.
This is a new development in StB: Perspectives. With this blog entry we are starting an activity where members of our congregation present perspectives on topics that are pertinent and relevant to what we are facing as a church. We will be drawing on many people in the church.
We have 3 contributors for this posting. Each tries to stay within 250 words, and their views are presented in parallel and anonymously so you don't have preconceptions based on who they are (although you can probably guess!). No contributor looked at the other entries before writing, so these are independent thoughts.
We encourage you to read, think, and consider. Comment at the end if you'd like to add to the discussion. The comments are anonymous so that you can read them without preconceptions.
Without further delay, here is the first of our 3-way perspectives:
What is the purpose of change?
2012 is receding at a rapid pace. And before its gone, think about the stories you've made.
My 2012 was such a mix, I would not have been able to invent it. "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't" - Mark Twain.
My almost-vacation over Christmas was because a fire burned the house from inside out ... a fitting end to a year of surprises. In 2012 I experienced deaths, losses, stresses, fights, frustration, missed opportunities, houses lost, hospitals visited, and more figurative punches than I ever expected. But I also experienced the serious joys of marriages, pregnancies, gifts and pleasures, rare moments, successes, friendships and deep satisfactions ... blessings.
These are the fires of life ... they are unexpected, bring dramatic change, cleansing and renewing, and interrupt the moments of reflective calm. The calm of life is there to help us grow into the changes. Sadly, too often we instead seek those moments of stillness as refuge from change.
2013 already has a heavy foot on the accelerator, and my limited ability to anticipate the experiences of 2012 is likely to be no different for 2013. So I know there will be surprises ... I just don't know what they will be. It's my choice whether I'll work with change knowing that "... for those who love God all things work together for good" (Rom 8:28) -- not my good necessarily, but for good.