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This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, so I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the Holy Spirit this week. In particular, I’ve been thinking about how divided we Christians are when it comes to the story of Pentecost, charismatic worship, etc. The precise Gift that should unite us ends up being a reason that some of us cannot worship God together.
I call it the Battle of the “Holy Rollers” vs. the “Frozen Chosen.” I’ve encountered it in multiple settings and contexts. Some people are absolutely convinced that whatever way they worship is the only “valid” way. I’m sharing my experience around that, in hopes that it will be beneficial to someone.
Regeneration - the process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes genomes, cells, organs, organisms, and ecosystems [and churches] resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage. Every species is capable of regeneration, from bacteria to humans [and churches].
Our forum was a timely reminder that things not only can change, they inevitably do change.
I’m celebrating what a wonderful thing it is to have the opportunity to participate in the regeneration of Imani which is currently underway! We had a wonderful congregational forum last Sunday, which has already proven to be productive. I am grateful for everyone who attended, participated, and for those who stepped up and volunteered to fill some long-vacant positions in the church. They are already at work and doing a great job! There is such an atmosphere of renewal and expectancy! Good things are on the horizon!