Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Intergrated Family and Yarn


First, while scooting around online, I happened upon the ugliest and most beautiful at the same time yarn ever! I don't know why such surface ugly yarn would attract me - but oh my goodness does it ever. I see myself in it - yes I am talking about yarn. :P But it's all crazy and chaotic and even a little ugly, but really it's just breaking out of the box, out of the mold, and is totally a unique and beautiful snowflake (okay too much FC for me...). I always lean towards more blending colors for myself or others around me because I don't want to try anything too crazy. But really inside I'm brimming with crazy thoughts and ideas (creatively not in a serial killer way of course ;0) ) and love trying new things, new styles, new colors. I mean I bought pumpkin dyed wool to make socks with because I loved the bold contrast to all things tame. I'm not a tame person, but slowly God is taking this chaos within me and knitting it together into something beautiful. This yarn makes me want to go dig into my stash and try to random put together my own beautiful/ugly/chaos looking skein as well. Buhahaha!

In other workings, during the kids' nap time (or attempt at a nap time) I had the chance to listen to some really awesome podcasts from Family Life Today. Since finding podcasts (even recent ones) can be a bit hard, I've taken the liberty of uploading these sermons to my online storage to make it easier to listen to. I highly recommend them and I know that they came right at God's time. The first one introduced a new (I think) movement of Family Integrated Church. I can see why it's creating waves at the Southern Baptist Convention and probably even more denominations (or non) as well as he calls for an end to Youth Groups and it seems (I could be wrong) Youth Pastors. I find myself totally and completely agreeing with him in all but one area - an end to age ministries (ie Nursery, Children's Ministries, etc.) And of course, it's for totally fleshly and selfish reasons - I lived four years in the LDS church where Sacrament meeting (the longest meeting of the three hour block) was totally family integrated and I H-A-T-E-D it. If nothing else left a lasting impression on me when I visited other churches - it was that my kids left refreshed and happy when they went to a Nursery the whole time versus spending over an hour with me and then going to Nursery. Not to mention the fact that DH and I never got anything from Sacrament after the kids were old enough to banish us to the foyer. And no, that wasn't my reason for apostacy.

The second one is about teaching a Christian worldview in the home. Which, I'll admit - I'm pretty torn on. Between all the secondary and third doctrines that I disagree with, I'm not sure how to really create a "Christian worldview" within my home. I'm not opposed to same sex marriage - I think it's unconstitutional, I'm not a Literal Creationist, I'm not anti-abortion, etc and so on. I do lean towards socialism which apparently from the discussions on this podcast are entirely un-Christian ::roll eyes:: - which to me seems to starkly contradict I believe Acts 5 (?) where they become one community, sell all their belongings, and NO ONE was in need. Sounds socialist to me. ;) But outside the socialism joke, I did overall enjoy most of the examples given. But cringe at trying to indoctrinate my children into narrow minded people - which of course, is probably my flesh and liberal thinking talking. :P

But I ♥L-O-V-E♥ that this pastor is stepping up and challenging men to be the pastors of their homes. That is freakin' awesome! Recently, Devin spoke about some huge church in Chicago I believe (Mars Church I think? Someone correct me if I'm wrong...) that recently did a study about their members and that the biggest mistake they made (they were front runners of this whole Emergent Church movement - reaching seekers where they are, etc etc) was not teaching their congregation to be self feeders. I think riding the coat tails closely is this - men not being taught or equipped to be spiritual leaders and heads in their families. In a world of seekers who don't even know they need Jesus, how are men to know they also need to step up and be the heads and leaders of their families? In the secular world, women can and are the leaders in their homes - why should Jesus change that?

I would love to attend a FIC service but dread the whole childcare thing - egh, that was a living hell that I never want to return to. But I for sure understand and even agree with the logic behind it all - kids should be learning to sit through "big church" and they should be learning alongside their parents. What the FIC movement does though is makes it applicable and interactive for all levels and even joke about having "rods" in the back to spank kids with in order to train them to sit through big church. However, OTOH (on the other hand) I totally agree with church's like GP's logic - that God connects to people where they are in life, whether that be newborn, toddler, elementary, middle, or high school and that the environment that kids should be in should be engaging ones that talk to them, not their parents. So I'm pretty torn on this - flesh or logic who knows. But I cannot wait to learn more. Honestly, it seems a lot like Family Home Evenings (only daily) and other "programs" (for lack of a better word right now) that the LDS church equipped us with - but again, that's not bad. The LDS church is really the model of what the Christian body and/or a Christian church should look like - of course minus the doctrine.

And yet, while some mega-uba-churches are following this model, they are just so unappealing. I really loved that Baucham's concern is about the Christian community within his church - about planting another when it gets too big which shockingly isn't a couple thousand but rather only a couple hundred. Church planting suddenly became interesting to me (not that it wasn't before - but this particular movement has certainly captured my interest).

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