Reflecting on Church #45: Same Church—Different Outcome

Reflecting on Church #45: Same Church—Different Outcome

With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #45.

52 Churches, A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, by Peter DeHaan, PhD

The church had two services: one traditional and the other contemporary. However, the style of the service was not the most important distinction. The contrast between the attendees was; it was most disconcerting.

Although the age difference was the most noticeable, it wasn’t the most significant. The people at the first service were friendly and outgoing, whereas at the second service, they were not. I felt connection with the first group but not the second, as if they merely showed up to put in their time, treating church as a passive, solitary experience. I’m not against quiet introspection (assuming that’s what they were doing), but I think worshiping God in community is a higher intent.

I liked the style of the second service best, but I liked the people at the first service more. Too bad I couldn’t experience both at the same time

[See my reflections about Church #44 and Church #46 or start with Church #1.]

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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