Communicating Through Prayer & Telephones

Today began with a lengthy and deep discussion about one of my favorite Spiritual Disciplines – Centering Prayer or Contemplative Prayer. if you want to learn a little more, check our Father Thomas Keating or Father Richard Rohr’s work through the Center for Contemplative Outreach.
20130717-204557.jpgWe concluded the morning by “sitting” in a Centering Prayer group for 20 minutes. One can only say that we were filled with peace and awed in the presence of God. These times of prayer are always significant minutes for me.

Later in the day, Tony Jones entered the room. Tony is kind of like a time-bomb going off in a room that nobody was expecting in any way, shape, or form. A refreshing and shocking change of pace to the week. Maybe that’s why the entire week is called Re:Fresh. 🙂

Tony sees himself as an ecclesiologist. In his own words, “that’s like a proctologist for the church.” He’s is also a pastor at a really cool emergent congregation in Minneapolis called Solomon’s Porch. Tony challenges groups of pastor’s across the country to see the church differently. To see that many of the walls and institutions and silos and structures that Christianity has existed in for centuries are no longer effective in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. And if we’re honest with each other, they really haven’t been working for a long time.20130717-204808.jpgI found one of his insights extremely interesting today. He said, “We don’t use rotary dial telephones anymore. Why do our churches still look and feel and behave like they do.”

I’m not sure I think this is true across the entire Christian church, but it is causing me to think a lot this evening about what kind of telephone, if they even exist in 20 years, the Christian church will be known for using. And how will that telephone communicate the good news of God’s grace, mercy, and love for all people.

What kind of telephone are you using?

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About Pastor Craig Schweitzer

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in my life and in the world in which I live and serve. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and maybe most significantly – a child of God! My beautiful spouse Wendy and I live in Bismarck, ND with our twin daughters, Ilia and Taegan and our crazy dogs Henri & Sadie. I’ve serve on the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND since July 2001. I was first called to serve as Music & Worship Minister, in 2010 was called to serve as Pastor of Worship and Youth Education, and in January 2014 was called to serve as Senior Pastor. My professional background is a diverse collection of musical and educational experiences that ranges from live concert production and promotion to recording studios, and live performance to music education. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, I was an Instructor of Music at Bismarck State College and owned and operated a successful teaching studio called 6x6 Guitar Studio. I am a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2010. Outside of Good Shepherd, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, listening or playing any and all music, a relaxing round of golf, or spending some quiet time with God. View all posts by Pastor Craig Schweitzer

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