From the Pastor October

From the Pastor

It’s really no secret that the church is a little behind the times. Not just our church, but the church in general. Even me, I’m a bit out of it. Most of my pop-culture references are fifteen to twenty years old. Often the church wears this as a badge of honor, a kind of proof of our downhome, salt-of-the-earthiness. We take it as a virtue to be out of touch with a world gone to hell in a handbasket.

 

It’s true that the church shouldn’t exist to chase the latest trends, that’s the mission of fashion magazines, not the church of Christ. And the church shouldn’t simply baptize the values of the mainstream and call them our own, that’s idolatry. That said, the church shouldn’t stubbornly cling to old ways and resist the new ways just because we don’t understand that new ways. I’m not the most tech-savvy guy (quite the opposite, my friends tease me frequently about my ineptitude with computers), but that doesn’t mean I can just sit still and hope we go back to using phones with curly cords.

 

People communicate in different ways now. Not better, not worse, just different. There are advantages and disadvantages to those different ways, but the church needs to use them just as other organizations use them, lest we get left out of the conversation. Imagine if churches had never installed phones because all those numbers and ringers were confusing and loud? Actually, I’m sure there were plenty of church people who felt that way, but thank goodness the church adopted phones.

 

We’re never going to be the cool kids at the lunch table, but we can at least take our seat at the table. To that end, I’ve set us up with new Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr (That’s not a typo, that’s how it’s spelled. I don’t know why.) accounts. These aren’t magic beans that will grow the church to great heights, but they are important ways to engage our communities. I encourage you to visit them, and if you have Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr accounts, you can make comments and post pictures and otherwise be part of the conversation. The rules are the same for any space you visit: you’re visiting, you’re a guest, so be kind and civil and don’t dominate the discussion.

 

Here are the addresses: www.facebook.com/bmpcusa www.burbankmanorpresbyterianchurch.tumblr.com www.twitter.com/bmpchurch

 

Peace, Matt

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