I feel I may have been too critical yesterday of the youth ministry session at C3, so today I offer some more positive thoughts about the conference.
Ed Young’s Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas is quite an experience. In this truly mega-church, everything is bigger.
There is a waterfall in the children’s ministry wing.
Gerald gave a simple reminder of the “dumb dichotomies” that tend to force us into unhelpful corners. Calling attention to the classic dichotomies dispelled by the Scripture (law/gospel, Paul/Apollos, etc.), he invited the assembled pastors to stop feeling as if they needed to choose an either/or in favor of the both/and. It is not about professionalism or charismatic expression; it is about faithfulness. It is not a manly church versus a feminine church; it is a human church. It is not about the sovereignty of God versus man’s free will; it is both.
Not letting go of a good because we feel we need to grasp another good: a challenging word and helpful reminder to a world caught in binaries. Especially, it would seem, in this year of elections fraught with politics and divisive social issues that seem designed to push the United States in two vastly disparate corners.