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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

the church you know...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

I've just been introduced to a great web site 'the Church you Know', run by two blokes who describe their purpose in the following way...

"We intend to stimulate, to question, and to provoke - hopefully in love - the Church, because we love the Church. This love compels us to question some of the characteristics and practices we see in much of the institutional church."

What I love about it is their use of humour to challenge. Particularly amusing are the seven videos which each take a theme in modern church culture (my personal favourites are 'tithing' and 'wwjd'!) and, with a healthy dose of irony, portray the worst side of each. Is this just to ridicule?... I think not! Instead, it seems that these two men, who themselves confess that they love the church, are simply challenging us to take a hard look at ourselves and see how far our church culture has led us away from being the kind of serving and missional communites Christ intends us to be. I dare say I will be using some of these short videos in the future to provoke discussion!!

Thanks to Richard White (that's two mentions in one week!), who directed me to the site. Richard is a member of the Dream Network and regularly blogs 'here'.

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 9:41 AM

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