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Monday, October 25, 2004

A few thoughts about the "Together Conference" which is later this week. First, it's important for those of us who are speaking and attending to remember that important discussions have been going on for a long time between members of Churches of Christ and Christian Churches. We're not blazing the trail. We're just jumping into prayers and discussions that have been going on for a long time. Second, we must make sure that the center of the discussions is never about who's speaking at whose churches and lectureships. Now I would say this: it's been a shame that the Christian Churches have so generously included many of us speaking at their big events, but we have seldom reciprocated. But beyond that, this isn't about a few preachers and where they'll get to speak. Rather, it's about individuals, families, and churches "discovering" each other, realizing our unity in Christ, and finding ways to encourage each other in our work for Christ. Third, in situations like this we're always surprised by how much we have in common. But we're also surprised (as in any family reunion) with how different we are in ways we weren't expecting. To most of us, it's a foregone conclusion that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. What we're looking for (as the hundred year "anniversary" of our formal split in 1906 approaches) are ways to bless and encourage each other as we seek to follow the Way of Jesus. - - - - Thoughts about the new museum at Highland as we approach our 75 year anniversary. I mentioned at our assemblies yesterday that I went through it Saturday with no one around. I felt like I was hearing the voices of the eight men who preceded me as Highland preachers: Lynn Anderson, John Allen Chalk, Mid McKnight, James Willeford, and the others. I sensed their encouragement to be a more faithful minister of the gospel to this church they served so well. But beyond that, I also realized that the story of the preachers is hardly the story of Highland. The real story is all those people peeking out in the photos who were seeking to make a living, raise children, nurture a marriage, and follow the lead of Jesus. These are people who, in their own small (and sometimes large) ways turned the world upside down.

4 Comments:

  • The museum was really neat -- I enjoyed seeing some of the Highland history that I didn't know. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to pull it all together!

    By Blogger Jenni, at 10/25/2004 07:20:00 AM  

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    By Blogger David Michael, at 10/25/2004 07:03:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    The "story of preachers" may not be the story of Highland; however, I believe the courage of the leadership to have those types of individuals as their preachers is a very significant part of the story. Having grown up in Ft. Worth, it was not unusual during some very turbulent times in the late 60’s and early 70’s to get a tape of a message from John Allen Chalk or Lynn Anderson that gave our youth group tremendous hope. Your messages are also giving hope to young men everywhere who believe that the dream of being a "church of Christ" is alive and well.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 10/25/2004 07:06:00 PM  

  • As an adolescent, I had the opportunity to visit a congregation that was the result of a merger between these two groups.

    I loved hearing the story about how it came about. There were lots of issues and lots of concerns. None of them were dismissed lightly. Many were willing to give up part of the "freedom" they felt they had in Christ in order to worship in one group and some were willing to take the risk that comes from incorporating a group who could eventually "tarnish" their simple practices.

    I don't know if that group survived, but it made an impression on me.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 10/28/2004 04:55:00 AM  

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