Bringing The Walls Down

Video Transcript: One of my vocations now in my profession, in my vocation, is finding ways of the church, especially the mainland church that’s been born out of modernity and I know people don’t like that word especially when it’s held up against post-modernity but if we were to reduce the work modernity down to one word and that is kind of a propositional kind of faith, in other words, a way the outsider views it.

The outsider might say they may not know Baptist. They don’t know how broad that pathway is but the general public would see Baptist as propositional. Jesus is Lord. Mary was a virgin. The Bible is inherent. Homosexuality is a sin and there’s great slough of understanding in Baptist churches among that. I’m thinking how does that church of modernity of that kind of propositional basis, how does it respond better to a culture of post-modernity?

What is post-modernity? If modernity is propositional, post-modernity for me is about connections – connexionalism. We have propositions. We have connections. How does that connection system look? I say it looks in a way which we bring the walls down or maybe we’d be so brave as to say we don’t even meet inside the four walls. I’m proposing that our church move off-campus with a space, whatever it may look like, no cross, no Bible in terms of its outward presentation. The goal would be to bring together people in conversations about who are you, what is your story, what do you like to do.

We provide a space for lunch, take your one hour, come, whatever or music or art, to say worship, whatever really excites you, let’s do it but let’s get together and you can be of no faith or some faith, of any faith and then hopefully, we’ll begin enough connections and weave enough stories together that the tapestry that comes out is that we have found that nobody is the harbinger of all truth, that we’re all marching to the same place and that if Alliance embodies anything, Alliance embodies that – bringing the walls down, recognizing the commonality of truth that’s across the way and the different ways of getting at it.

If we can do that, then we can start saying, I should say we have an answer for the people who say, “Well, down the street, this church had so many more cars in their parking lot than we did.” I want to say, “It’s a lot about you and I connecting our stories and other people’s stories and finding these places of truth.”