I’m trying to get back into the book Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. My sense is that this is a very important book which tries to refine, and in some cases redefine, what we think church is. I’m about halfway through, but I’m far enough to know that they lay out two complementary principles, both of which must be present for our church efforts to be Biblical. The two principles are gospel and community. Too many of our churches try to make do with just one of those two.
I hope to post more thoughts about this book but I just can’t help sharing this one little story right now.
A friend of mine became a Christian in his twenties. He was a merchant seaman and had never been to church until he was converted. He tells how he was so excited about his first church business meeting. He had been to a few Sunday meetings and had been baptized. Now his first quarterly church meeting was coming up, and he was really looking forward to it. This, as he puts it, was where they were going to plot the downfall of Satan. He was in for a big shock. He discovered the main issue for discussion was the type of toilet paper they should have in the restrooms. It was a big disappointment!
That hits a little too close to home. More on this topic soon, I hope.