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If you participated in some type of community today, how would you describe how you felt during the experience?  And if you didn’t, how would you describe how you felt during that experience?

If you participated before you can see all the responses here.

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A Church Quiz

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Please let me know in the comments how you did.

1. I would rather go to a church that:

(A) Had great worship

(B) There was love.

2. I would rather go to a small group that:

A: Had cool people.

B: There was love.

3. I would rather participate in community that:

(A) Had lots of programs

(B) There was love.

4. I would rather attend a function that:

(A) Was hip and entertaining

(B) There was love.

5. I would rather be lead by:

(A) A really smart person.

(B) Someone who loved.

Sound off

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Posted an interesting article that I posted over at Emergent Village. It’s called “Pastor Abandons His Church.”  Love to get your thought on it over there.

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If you participated before you can see all the responses here.

If you participated in some type of community today, how would you describe how you felt during the experience?  And if you didn’t, whow would you describe how you felt during that experience?

As a side note, I am realizing over the last eight posts we’ve been doing this that so much happens in these communities we meet with.  There is so much passion, drama, contemplation, frustration and weeping that happens when we meet together.

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I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a while. (ht)

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Jeromy, MonachusBellator, and I all got together yesterday with our families for the first of three meetings we are having around Advent Conspiracy.  We’re looking at how we can redeem the way we participate in Christmas.  Americans alone spend 540 billion on Christmas and the worlds clean water problem could be solved for 10 billion.  Something’s wrong there and we’re just not happy about it.

And during our meeting my wife pulled out a catalog from Samaritans Purse, an organization that is really being creative in ways of supporting third world problems.  Families can purchase real tangible needs for families in poverty.

$100 – One Emergency Shelter

$750 – One Well

$7,500 – One House

$20,000 – One School

$25,000 – One Medical Hospital

$75,000 – One Church Building

To steal a line from Jeromy, “What is wrong with this picture?”

Why would a church cost three times as much as a hospital?  Why would it cost almost four times as much as a school and ten times as much as a house.  We’re talking walls and a roof here.  Why not build an outdoor amphitheater with a tent, or as Jeromy said build ten houses and teach people the priesthood of all believers. I couldn’t help wonder if we’re teaching third world countries the same expectations that we have about our concept of church.

And I couldn’t help wonder which one of these items Jesus would have chosen.  I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

But I just don’t get it.

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If you participated in some type of community today, how would you describe how you felt during the experience?  And if you didn’t, whow would you describe how you felt during that experience?

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