Mike Cope's blog

Monday, October 18, 2004

There is a big change happening in this church. And it's not the one outside observers might be thinking about. I don't know where it's leading. But I like being along for the ride. - - - - The Red Sox don't have a snowball's chance against the Evil Empire, down 3-1. But if they could just eke out another game or two so the Yankees don't enter the World Series with all their pitchers rested! Come on, Pedro! And what's the deal with the Astros? Come on, guys. Turn loose of it. This one belongs to the Cards.


  • Something is happening at SVCC, too, particularly in the last several months, but its roots reach back farther than that, obviously. We're growing -- and I don't mean (just) numbers, though we're growing somewhat that way, too. I mean as a congregation, we're growing spiritually. There's an increased outpouring of love and a concern for others, both "churched" and non. It's like being drawn near to the heartbeat of God.

    By Blogger Q, at 10/18/2004 07:53:00 AM  

  • First things first: Go Sox!!

    It's ironic that my thoughts were turned toward this issue of what the church is, what worship is, etc. during Sunday School yesterday. The teacher's subject was corporate worship, and he pointed out that "Worship is not about me." If I hear one more time that worn out slogan to jusitify that we sit quietly in our little pews and give in to the traditional "5 acts" of worship (as was his point yesterday), I'll scream!

    If you hold the Bible up in front of any thoughtful Christian and asked for one word that captures the essence of that book, he/she would probably say, "God." And they would be correct. But I believe if you were to hold the Bible up in front of God and asked the same, God would say, "It's all about you." From beginning to end, God's word testifies to his concern for and love of people. The splended architecture of creation was for me. The Law was for me. The prophecies were to instruct, discipline and guide me. The psalms are to comfort me. Jesus came for me. And the cross? It was all for me. Unless I first grasp that it truly is all about me, then I will never grasp that it's not all about me; it's all about God. But that realization does not cause me to sit quietly in a traditional assembly, sitting on my emotions and quietly nodding to a liturgy not of my choosing. Such a realizations fuels my emotions and fires my mind up to truly worship in "spirit and truth." It makes me more conscious of those around me, more aware of my need for support and encouragement from others, more sensitive to the Spirit, more in tune with the intention of communion, and so much more that is often missed in our traditional assemblies.

    It is about ME. And it all about GOD.

    By Blogger MarkS, at 10/18/2004 08:15:00 AM  

  • I have not attended a traditional CofC in many years and have experienced many changes in our congregation that I suspect you may be alluding to. There are many that attend our church that could care less out of what roots we came from are and simply are interested in being fed. I have heard also from those that were raised in our heritage that state that they knew church could be different but they were scared or ashamed of what their parents would think, what their friends would think, or what their former professors would think. I have a great amount of respect for those who have gone before me in establishing the CofC and my own individual faith, but many of the "articles of faith" that were ingrained now appear to me as religious egotism. What also appears to be the case is that those who are attempting to be stretched out of the box are being encouraged by those outside of the typical CofC stalwarts. (And praise God those inside have paid attention.) This leads to my question, has our "tradition" thwarted the work of the Gospel with heavy handed tactics? And if so why should we pay attention? How far does repecting your elders carry out when the
    One way or the other, my word of encouragement is that it is all about Jesus and only Jesus and for those who are sensing the change, for those who are hearing a new voice, for those who might be timid and recoil and find yourself far from the shore, reach out and call His name and He will be in the middle of the water with you.

    By Blogger jasno, at 10/18/2004 08:45:00 AM  

  • Blog readers of Texas unite -- GO ASTROS!!!

    By Blogger David Michael, at 10/18/2004 12:21:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    You're fighting a losing battle, cheering against the 'stros. They are the team on a roll this year. Look at the past few years - Marlins, Angles, Diamondbacks - it isn't always the best, but the team surging at the right time. The Cardinals are a really good team, but this is the Astros year.

    By Blogger Blake, at 10/18/2004 01:21:00 PM  

  • Yes, God is moving. Ordinary people are doing "ordinary" (?) things with extrordiary results. It's the loaves and fishes all over again.

    It is so exciting to sit in our women's class and hear one sister talk about her ministry and then another talk about her dream for ministry. We pray together and then come back next week to hear how God is changing lives. And with email, we can actually communicate even more often. It is awsome! That God would allow us to be involved in His work! That God would trust us with His precious gifts!

    No comment on sports. My cousin plays for the ....oh dear, the name of the team slips my mind! I did go to a game this past summer. They were playing at the Dell Diamond in near Austin.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 10/18/2004 03:26:00 PM  

  • The Round Rock Express?

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 10/18/2004 05:48:00 PM  

  • Yep, the Round Rock Express. My cousin Denny McDaniel is one of their pitchers. I went to the game and spent the time in the stands dodging balls and pile ups around those balls. There was also a bat that flew into the stands at light speed and hit a lady nearby. Next time, I may take a crash helmet.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 10/19/2004 03:43:00 AM  

  • Oh ye of little faith! Go Sox! How about the brush back that Pedro sent Godzilla in the fifth. Classic. Wakefield was awesome and he can do the same thing for the next two nights. He doesn't need rest. There is a chance! Go Boston.

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 10/19/2004 05:49:00 AM  

  • Civic duties are occupying all my time these next two weeks, along with a trip to Ft. Worth for a national conference for leaders of Single Parent Family Ministries, ergo, I've 2-1/2 seconds for ONE comment and one only.

    !!!!!!! GO ASTROS !!!!!!! - !!!!!!! GO RED SOX !!!!!!!

    :) :) :)

    See ya' in time for the annual "Halloween, NO - Halloween, SURE" discussion. lol

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/19/2004 05:57:00 AM  

  • I don't know if I'm like Elijah and the prophets of Baal, or Custer at his last stand, but.....

    !!!!!!!!GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger James, at 10/19/2004 08:21:00 AM  

  • Mike -- you really need to work on your ability to BELIEVE -- that's what FAITH is all about -- believing in what just doesn't make sense to believe in!!! When we catch glimpses of what it feels like to have that faith realized, it gives us courage to face another day.

    GO SOX!!!

    By Blogger vtc3po, at 10/19/2004 11:57:00 AM  

  • Guess I was Custer. : )

    Congratulations, Red Sox!

    By Blogger James, at 10/19/2004 09:13:00 PM  

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