New Ideas


It has been a very hectic week and I am still not up to date with my reading, between reading the book of Don Quijote, Sociology , Anthropology, studying for Sunday morning and planning the non-profit, my time is getting kind of “I don’t know where to start” life style. To add to all of these I volunteer to host a group of Venezuelans high schoolers who came to visit Tennessee Tech University and they stayed at my house (I really like them, they were great!) Of course the first thing I left aside is the thinking about what to write, and suddenly it had passed five days and I have not post anything. I was thinking once again about what is “church”. What is the concept of “church” to people? Most of the time this concept is already well defined by many and we have our preconceived ideas of what “church” should be, act, organize, and do “ministry”. Whenever we want to be innovative and try to redefined this concept most of us can not see it, so we come up with the same but with a new word in front of the other one: “contemporary Church”. Well, I have been thinking about this lately and it has taken me to consider what is my call as one who recognize himself as someone who seeks for Christ’s deep waters. Do I really understand the concept of “church” or am I just following what everybody else is doing?

“Jesus Christ is impatient with illusion, and the world has not interest in abstractions. ‘Every one who listen to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand’ (Matt 7:26). If we bypass these words of the Great Rabbi, the spiritual life will be nothing more than fantasy. The one who talks, especially if he talks to God, can affect great deal, but the one who acts really means business and has more claims on our attention” (Brennan Manning)

Ha sido una semana muy complicada y aún no he podido estar al corriente de mis lecturas ya que tengo que leer el libro de Don Quijote, el de Sociología, el de Antropología y a la ves planear el proyecto de la organización con fines no lucrativos mi tiempo se esta convirtiendo en la mentalidad de “no se la mera verdad donde empezar”. Para agregarle a todo esto, abrí las puertas de la casa a un grupo de chicos Venezolanos que vinieron a visitar la universidad (que los hemos disfrutado en gran manera). Por supuesto lo primero que deje a un lado es el pensar que escribiré y de repente me encuentro a cinco días y no he escrito nada. Estaba pensando nuevamente acerca del concepto “iglesia” ¿Qué significa el concepto de “iglesia” para la gente?. Muchas veces este concepto ya esta bien definido y tenemos nuestras propias ideas de lo que debe ser, de como se debe actuar, organizar y hacer “ministerio”. Cuando queremos inovar y tratamos de volver a definir este concepto muchos de nosotros no lo entendemos, entonces inventamos algo similar pero con una nueva palabra, “iglesia contemporánea”. Bueno he estado pensando en esto por un tiempo y me ha llevado a considerar mi llamado de alguien quien busca las aguas profundas de Cristo. ¿En verdad entiendo el concepto de “iglesia” o simplemente estoy haciendo lo que los demás hacen?

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