Where Past meets Present
(or How to get people into your Church in order to "empower" them or Am I the only person who gets ill when a church looks and sounds more like a Tony Robbins convention than a temple of martyrs or I'm a judgmental prig on the road to hell.)
I recently heard a radio announcement for the Easter Production of a local church in which the "catch-phrase" is Where Past meets Present.
Now seriously folks, can any semi-cantankerous (I'd never admit to be fully cantankerous) Orthodox Christian convert leave such a statement uncommented upon?
We Orthodox really need to consider advertising...because we could have some kick-butt bumper-stinker quality phrases. Really we don't need a special "Easter Production" to come up with cool sounding buzz phrases and such. Every sunday at your local Orthodox Chruch, the past, the present, AND THE FUTURE are all introduced to one another. And you needn't suffer going to Kent for it either.
(Yeah so I am fully cantankerous today.)
But seriously, people really don't know how COOL Orthodoxy is...the problem is (besides that most people don't really know what cool is), the Orthodox Church really cannot say that "we are a non-denominational church that exists to meet the needs of you and your family." (see associated church website to above link) Unless you and your family are willing to first admit that you may not actually know what your needs are (because coming to Jesus with an expectation of what your needs are has typically and biblically backfired on people). And of course, the Orthodox Church isn't non-denominational (an oxymoron), it is pre-denominational (a bumper sticker waiting to happen!)
...offered by Dn. fdj, a sinner at 9:56 AM [+]