When I'm on vacation, I get a better picture of church from a visitor's perspective. The Sunday we were at Pensacola Beach, we had two wonderful churches to choose from--both of which we've visited before. So, when it came down to the final decision, what was the biggest factor? One church's assembly was at 9:00; the other was at 10:00. (I, of course, was up before light. But there were two high school and one middle school students on the trip. Their favorite church service is the one that begins later.) It's a great church to visit. One thing different this year is that there was an American flag at the front. One thing I've always appreciated about Churches of Christ is that there is almost never that kind of nationalistic display at the front. Our symbols are about the in-breaking kingdom of God which knows no political boundaries. Countries come and go, but the rule of God will be forever. That wasn't the full experience, though. The church has a genuine sense of community. As visitors, we didn't "get" all of the references, but that's as it should be. They are a family of faith--with their own stories, their own concerns, their own inside jokes. Just to be with them was a blessing.