I was invited to preach for a great friend Marty Strait on Wednesday night in Longview, Texas. It was a night where they celebrated House of Disciples, a rehab home connected with the church and the incredible Tim Wiseman. After the service, they took me to their rehab home and it really shook me up. Of course, we have a rehab home at the Dream Center but somehow seeing someone else doing it provides a fresh view of how far the church has come.
More and more, I’m visiting churches that are taking me on tours of their homeless shelters, recovery centers, food distribution locations and so on. The church is starting to understand the power of sensational simplicity. Don’t get me wrong, I rejoice when churches build beautiful new buildings but I must say I’m partial to churches that are starting to put their resources into becoming cities of refuge within their city. Something about seeing an open room where homeless people were sleeping gets me every time.
I BELIEVE WE, AS THE CHURCH, ARE COMING OUT OF THE ERA OF BUILDING CHRISTIAN CONVENIENCE CENTERS.
More and more resources are being poured into our communities and the church is seeing the power of simplicity. This economy is forcing the church to value what’s most important and simple love is spreading like wildfire. There’s something about simplicity that’s sensational.