Tuesday, August 29, 2006

"the words of your heart..."

We had this big Brian Mclaren meeting which you can read about in the early posts of this blog. When I got up to talk for a few minutes about our hopes for this new faith gathering, I blurted out something which I had thought about a number of times, but had never planned on saying in public quite so straighforwardly.

"I'm starting this church because I'm lonely and I don't have enough love in my life"

Everyone including myself was kind of stunned by those words.

But it turned out to be a really wonderful thing that made a lot of people listen, and feel something real was happening. My team remembers it like a moment frozen in history.

My motivation remains the same.

My "summer absent" community is now reconverging on NYC, and all I am looking forward to doing is to spending time with them, loving and being loved. We made a good start in the spring, but we have so far to go in discovering one another.

Bon Voyage, social isolation! And good riddance, don't let the door slam your a** on the way out!


Cindy said...

Jeff, your post brings this to mind:
Mt 18:3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 18:4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Your honesty is free and bold and humble, like a child. Good. Very very good.

lchristman said...

Good reason to start a church. There are alot of people who feel the same way.A church built upon Jesus gives God the opportunity to meet all those needs.

i am cam said...

I would love to visit your church. Please let me know where I can find you.

Christy Merry said...


It's true. It was honest & shocking.

& I'm glad you said it. :)