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Plastics Engineering

“I have a degree in this, you would think I could open this more easily.”  That’s what Jason said Tuesday afternoon.  He was opening a “Tom Tom” – one of those GPS plug into your dashboard tell you where you’re going machines.  The packaging was made of plastic.  You know the plastic I’m talking about?  Not the soft plastic.  The insidious, diabolical clamshell vacuum sealed packaging.  The kind you need garden shears and a jackhammer to open.

“When you buy these things they’re already in a locked case…you’d think they wouldn’t need this impossible packaging, too.”  Jason cointinued his whining as he used a combination of scissors and biceps to forcibly open the package – the only way to do it without a laser beam. 

Jason was right.  He does have a degree in this: a plastics engineering degree, and he still can’t do it.  How can these companies expect anyone to do this safely if Jason can’t.

I want to start a church where people don’t feel like the Bible is in this same packaging.  Why can’t we make it easier to access?  Why not have conversations with smaller words that still carry a large meaning?  This summer I’m doing a series on strange passages in the Bible.  Spoiler alert: I don’t have the answer to all the questions that the series will bring.  “I have a degree in this, you’d think I could open it more easily.”

I want to start a church where we can work together to open God’s Word and sit in the wonder of it all.  We don’t have to have every answer.  We don’t have to be scared if the answers don’t come easily or in simplicity.  We just engage God through what God has to say.  Who is this God?  Let’s use real language to find out together.  You don’t need a special degree to know God.  There’s no class in seminary called “How to know God”.

If we don’t package the Almighty in a shroud of undiscernable language and a neurotic need to have every answer, maybe the conversation will go more smoothly than Jason opening his Tom Tom.

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