Wednesday, February 27, 2008

How refreshing!

When researching a topic on the internet, it is easy to get side tracked. But sometimes there's a perfect storm--a coming together of what you were thinking about 30 minutes ago, with the topic you're researching. In my case, I was looking up the medallions in the library at Prague that depict John Huss, John Wycliffe, and Martin Luther. I came across the web page of The La Vista Church of Christ, located near Omaha, Nebraska. Two things impressed me. 1) An easily navigated web page that instantly brings up the information--my huge, wealthy Lutheran church with experts and staffing out the wazoo hasn't been able to achieve this in 8 years of trying; 2) what the church is about.

"The church has no bowling league, no softball team, nor does it sponsor a Boy Scout troop. We have an air-conditioned building with several rooms for Bible classes, but there is no kitchen, no banquet hall, no gymnasium, or party room.

Perhaps you are wondering what kind of church is this, or what does the church offer the community. Quite simply, we are a church that follows after the pattern of the New Testament. We are not a social club, nor a civic organization, nor a political forum, nor a welfare institution. While the influence of the church and its members are felt in all these areas, the church, itself, is none of these things. The church is a spiritual institution, which administers to the spiritual needs of its members and the community."

I've gone no deeper. We may be a few miles apart in theology--I know we are on the role of women in the church. But isn't this refreshing? A church that doesn't let its programming get in the way of its message about Jesus!

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