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Beyond 23.5 Degrees


I was in Chicago.  It’s a lot of fun there.  Ah, the “Windy City”.  I got to really experience it from the window of my hotel room – overlooking the Fed Ex hangar at O’Hare International Airport.  I’m in denominational meetings regarding discipleship and Christian education.  Swanky hotel, cheap prices due to the downturn, funky chrome bathroom fixtures…you get the idea.

Sitting around the table are: a retired music teacher, a Canadian pastor, a college professor, the wife of an almond farmer who can write great resources for discipleship, and myself.  We’ve been together as a team for quite a while and our deep desire is to find ways to encourage people in our churches toward growing in faith and in Christ.

It’s a little frustrating.  Denominations are funny things.  We feel like doing things “together is better”, but that is a challenge because doing things “together” means working through systems.  Money plays in, too.  It can be a mess. 

So, sitting around the table are people passionate about helping people grow, but they are fenced in by stipulations and resources and red tape.  Each person is trying to come up with new and innovative ways to impress upon people of all ages that they NEED to take an intentional step in faith toward.  Oh, and they need to do it for free.

The difference between this group and the local pastor is that they don’t have the personal contact with the individuals they hope to influence.  Also, there’s no way of knowing if you’ve made a difference.  I think that if they could do one thing…just one thing it would be this: tilt the earth beyond its normal 23.5 degrees so that each person is at the very least leaning in the direction of Christ, and hope…and pray that every person will take a stumbling step toward a deeper walk with Christ and create some momentum for the individual and the local church.

Problem is: only God can tilt your earth.  And God has done just that.

  1. April 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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