55 and Simpler

Rick Mattson Church, Devotion 0 Comments

Having turned 55 recently, I’ve noticed a fresh wave of observations about life coming over me. You may think these “new” conclusions of mine lacking in originality and/or profundity. And you are probably right. Yet as they become increasingly determinative in my thinking, perhaps there is a way in which they can serve you or others. They range from “faithfulness …

Leaving One’s Church — or Not . . . part 4

Rick Mattson Church, Uncategorized 2 Comments

The issue behind the issue which is behind the issue of possibly leaving one’s church is this: What is the church? In other words, if I leave my church, what am I really leaving? 1. A functional view: I’m leaving the place where I serve and am served. Where I give and receive. 2. A relational view: I’m leaving a …

To Stay at your Church or Leave . . . part 3

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Contemplating a move to a different church? Generally, I discourage moving (see my last two posts). After all, a local body of believers represents a spiritual family for Christians.  The phrase used in Ephesians is “members of God’s household,” then, “built together to become a dwelling in which God lives” (2:19,22). Heavy stuff.  Ergo: Don’t leave lightly. Still, there might be …

To Stay at your Church or Leave, Part 2

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In my last post I offered a word of caution to those contemplating a permanent exit from their church. I hope you’ll look over that post before reading this one. A few years ago a married couple left our church for another, and I was impressed with their process (though I hated to see them go). First, they thought and …