Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

I read this book in about 3 weeks.  It was the first booked I checked out electronically from our local library and I'm so glad I did.  It's been in my Amazon wish list for sometime now, and when I finally decided to learn how to use my iPad and the library, it was the first one I went for.  I was hesitant; I'm not nearly as progressive as this author is and wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but ultimately, reading this book, has made me love my church more. 

I've struggled with our church over the years, but I've always stayed.  I've wanted to be a part of the community and solution to issues, not the problem.  And this changed my view of the church.  I know the church is a broken system, but it broadened my definition of the church and reminded me to focus on Jesus, not the church. 

I am thankful for my community, which is mostly centered in my church.  I'm thankful for it's openness and acceptance and love as well.  And I now want to b e more brave myself in opening up, being honest and sharing truth, about Jesus and about myself in my community.  I think God can step in when we're vulnerable to make wonderful things happen.