Know Thyself

I’ve been reading a book called ‘Reclaiming Conversation’ – author Sherry Turkle looks at the digital age and explores the impact technology now has on how we connect and communicate. It’s been very insightful.

By exploring behaviors and trends and how the internet and social media has shaped how we communicate and relate, Turkle encourages the reader to consider screen time habits, highlighting all our hidden suspicions that we spend way too much time in front of our screens most likely feeding habits and practices that we could do without. Along the way she writes:

“Once aware, we can rethink our practices.”

This simple statement has been bouncing around my head for days. I’ve been applying it totally out of context across a range of relational and emotional dynamics, and it fits.

The statement forms for me both truth and principal.

Awareness is a powerful tool.

The dictionary defines awareness as having knowledge or perception. To be conscious of, acquainted with, informed of, to be mindful and alert to. To be awake.

The Greek maxim to know thyself was famously expanded on by Socrates who said, “an unexamined life is not worth living.”

Examination is a precursor to awareness.

So awareness is a powerful tool – it leads to reflection, reflection leads to questions.  Questions like, where to from here? (refer to previous blog series titled Where To From Here?) Asking questions leads to answers, answers lead to destiny.

What do I need to do today to rethink my practices? My habits? My thinking?

How do I become more aware?

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Church

I recently preached a message called ‘The Church’ — essentially I spend most of my time as a pastor thinking on what church is, what I want it to be and what I want it to look like.

Theologically the scripture is pretty clear on what ‘church’ is and should be…at a very basic level church needs to be a community of people, it should celebrate communion, it should have qualified leaders in pastors, elders and lay people. It should have an expression of worship in its song and its serving. It should be a place where spiritual gifts flow and operate. A place where Christ is the head and we are the body.
Not wanting to in any way oversimplify, understate or operate outside of the theological and biblical definition of the church, allow me to submit my list of what I want church to be (I keep my blogs pretty short).
I want the church to be known for what it stands for, not what it stands against.
I want the church to stand up and stand out (not crazy, just different).
I want the church to be defined as a ‘community’, not a religious organisation.
A place where criticism comes only to give way to grace, mercy, understanding and forgiveness.
A church that preaches Christ and Him crucified.
A church that preaches the ‘good news’, not “I told you so.”
A church where people can come as they are.
A church that is not measured by its size but by its impact (Carey Nieuwhof).
Mostly though, a community who doesn’t go to church… we are the church!
Just some personal thoughts!
Bless ya.