Monday, August 06, 2012

Of Blessings Claimed and Kingdoms Yet to Build

Sunday's sermon -- "Blessing Claimed. Now What?" is now up on YouTube ... Link to text | Link to YouTube

At a Lenten Soup Supper in the 1980's
Dr. Thomas Jayawardene rocked my world
by explaining that the point of the church isn’t the church,
the point of the church is to build the kingdom;
and he compared the relationship between church and kingdom
to the relationship between scaffolding and skyscraper –
the former is necessary to the creating the latter but it is NOT an end in itself.
And sometimes, he said,
the Church has been so focused on polishing and decorating the scaffolding
that it has forgotten what it was there to build in the first place.

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