Strange Churchy Things

        In February, our Sunday evening gathering (the Hub) is going to start a series about "STRANGE CHURCHY THINGS".  The idea is that we forget sometimes how foreign or weird our church stuff can seem to most other people.  Things like baptism and communion can be too familiar for us… and so bizarre to others.  Things like the idea of the Trinity and words like "sanctification" or "fellowship" or "frankensence".  What we call "worship" can seem like a weird sing-a-long time to many not used to the way we "do" church.  In focusing on this, we hope to recapture some of the powerful meaning behind these things… or else change the way we do things if they are not vital and if they put up too many roadblocks for others.
        So I’m curious, as we prep for this series, what do you think are some of the "strange" things we do and think that those outside the church would think are strange?


  1. Hey Andrew, I think you’ll enjoy this series. More than suggesting we change the biblical basis of our faith, we’re going to explore what the original heart behind these ancient practices and words was. No more do we want to merely perform Christianity as a weekly cult… we want to live it out from our core to our hands and feet every day. Now, how we do that, how we talk, how we present ourselves to the world is a really interesting conversation. How do things like Baptism and Communion, for instance, define and communicate our faith— and how are words like “worship” translated into common English? Said in my preacher way: I’m not suggested a watered-down faith at all… I’m actually going to be suggested a living-watered faith. Should be a good discussion!

  2. So, I am afrtaid that this might not actually ontribute to the thought of the blog so well, but I really struggle with why we need to be adjusting this stuff?
    Certainly it doesn’t make sense to those who are not in it normally. It makes as much sense as the plays being listed off to a first time football player in the locker room without any practce time. Anywhere we go, we have to adapt to the rules of the cultural group, o else we cannot fit in. Why s Christianity different? Be in the world and not of it? Does that mean that we dont have ‘fit in rules’ for our group?
    Even in the way we talk. Most Christians could not properly explain the difference between justification and sactification, but does that mean that we should not talk like that?
    It is like the blog topic says, these are “strange things WE do” – emphasis added. These practices belong to us as a part of the code of participation in our culture. Informing others of their meaning is important, but are we suggesting that we ake these things away?

  3. Carmen! Great to hear for you. Hope Canada is being nice to you. I really like your comment about the offering. It would seem really strange. Really really strange actually. Hey, but, that 30 minute talker… thats me. Low blow, Carmen. Low blow! 🙂

  4. Shandell! Thanks for adding the comment about the movie. I’ve been wanting to watch it exactly for the reasons you mention. I think you’re going to add well to our discussion!

  5. 2 things immediately come to mind:
    people willingly putting money into a bag or basket that gets past around while nice music is being sung
    listening to someone talk at you often for 30+ minutes – wouldn’t that be weird for someone who’s never been in a church? I think so.

  6. One thing that I find really strange is when people use the phrase “hedge of protection” when praying. When I think of a hedge, I think of 4 foot high shrubbery that I used to hurdle over for fun when I was 10. Hmmmm…..

  7. Kind of funny, I just came home from a friend’s house where we watched the movie “Saved” with Mandy Moore as little miss perfect christian. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it, but in watching this I had the opportunity to witness how hollywood views/portrays christians. Some of it was good, some of it not so good, but always thought-provoking. And I couldn’t help but admit that people outside of our christian ‘bubble’ might just find a great deal of what we do as ‘freaky’. So in reading your blog, I’m struggling to perceive a balance between holding on to my values as a follower of Christ while trying to understand their ‘otherworldliness’… I don’t know if this makes any sense, it is late and I am tired, but lets just say I hope to see where this series leads us and I’m excited to explore this

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