MC500 – day six

30Jun09

Our discussion today of the changes in worship that Augustine grappled with was helpful.  It caused me to realize the different emphases between nominal faith communities and highly committed ones.  Specifically, it was reflective of my experience being part of Vineyard Central (a highly committed faith community) and various congregations of the UMC (more nominal christianity generally).  That reflection connected with noticing that in nominal faith churches the preaching and teaching language is often about what “you” (the average church-goer) needs to do whereas in highly committed contexts the language is more about what “we” are doing, can do, or have done.

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