Jesus Center Church Blog
Christianity doesn’t have the greatest reputation today. Some of that is the fault of Christians. Some of that is unfair criticism. But as people who bear the name of Jesus and are supposed to be representing him well, we should care about Christianity’s reputation to the watching world. Now, this doesn’t mean we can or should try to correct every misconception, but this does mean we can and should make Jesus beautiful and strip away the ugliness that gets associated with him.
Now, what does this have to do with being a church where it is safe to not be a Christian?
We are continuing to look out in more detail on one of our core values: We want to be a community that is safe to talk about and work through anything.
All four of our core values can be found HERE.
In the last post, we discussed the first aspect of this - being a safe place to doubt and question. In this post, we will look at being a community where it is safe to lament and mourn.
How do we avoid cliches and become a safe place to lament and mourn? Sometimes God doesn't feel good and present. Is that ok?
One of the series of posts we wanted to do over the summer is write in more detail about our FOUR CORE VALUES.
1. We want to be a community centered around Jesus according to the Scriptures.
2. We want to be a community where it is safe to talk about and work through anything.
3. We want to be a community where we show love and grace despite disagreements and differences.
4. We want to be a community where we love and serve the world instead of standing in condemnation of it.
One of these values that may seem odd or different is our value of being a community that is safe to talk about and work through anything.
In the following posts, we wanted to give some more space to further talk about this important idea.
What does this mean? Why is this a core value?
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the book of Jonah?
Probably a fish and a cucumber. :)
There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. At the same time, the actual fish appears in just a few lines in the story. To the ancient reader, the fish isn’t the thing. There’s something more going on.
Reading Jonah carefully is like eating your vegetables. It’s good for you, but not very fun.