Monday, September 10, 2007
Lessons from St. Arbucks
About a month ago, there was an editorial posted at Out of Ur entitled Lessons from St. Arbucks. It is comparative piece discussing how the church can learn positive and negative ministry lessons from Starbucks. The most moving comment for me was by an individual named Melody. She commented on a few things, but what stuck in my mind was this:

2. While somewhat diverse people go to Starbucks (rabbi; youth pastor; high school girls, etc.) these people all partake of the menu but do not interact with each other, a critical concern in many of today's churches.
I had not thought about this for about a week, then, while in church Sunday, our pastor, Andy Nixon, mentioned the calling of Christ to be involved in church community. We are currently studying a series on Icons, Christ revealed to humanity. This week was a study of Christ as King. One point that Andy made, and I think it was an awesome point, was that Jesus did not ask us nicely to do this or to follow that in the Gospels, He, as our King, DEMANDED it of us. A concern in today's churches, is that there are many Christians that show up to church on Sunday with a spring in their step and a smile on their face, but it ends there, and they are not involved in the one thing that our Lord, our King, demands of us...fellowship. We all know the quotes, "Love one another." "Where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name." But we just don't do it. I am not trying to preach from a high an mighty soap box here. Honestly, I have not been to a meaningful Sunday School class or had fellowship with my church brethren in about 4 months. Part of it is switching churches, and part is a time constraint (which Andy also said he could help with, if we asked). The point is, with all the turmoil in this world, and the bombardment of our senses with things that are not very Christian, why is it so hard for us to commune with other Christians, share experiences, and be a part of a bigger community within our home church. I don't know. But if anyone has an answer, please feel free to share.

Hat Tip: Guy Williams


  posted at 10:55 PM

At 6:10 PM, Blogger John said...

Probably because after a work week of giving of themselves to others, they would like an hour of privacy, even in the midst of a crowd. That's bad for the Church, but is probably the motivation.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger JD said...


Similar example that Andy used." You have no time to be involved? Do you watch sportscenter at least once a week? There's an hour right there."

We can all make excuses, I do, but I think the challenge to be involved strengthens us in more ways than one.



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