I mentioned earlier this week that a handful of our elder team would be meeting to discuss Kingdom Triangle by J.P. Moreland. We met yesterday. The discussion centered around the supernatural workings of the Spirit and how that looks in our church.
Let me just say, if you're a person who has to have closure- you'd be frustrated by our meetings.
We floundered around for awhile, then never really landed the plane. There were passionate discussions followed by a resolve to keep seeking God for all he wants to do in our church.
So if you're looking for a "as a result of this meeting, we are going to..." I think the closest thing I can say is "...pray with more faith."
We have a beautiful diversity of elders that work as a team to shape our church. Sometimes for young guys like me, it's beautifully frustrating. But I think God is more concerned about me learning to submit than he is about me being right (which I am).
So today, in typical Cornerstone fashion, Paul Sabino comes strolling into my office with an idea for a practical joke. I've already told you he's one of the funniest human beings I know. The context is that I wanted us to read Moreland's book because he is so respected as a great Christian thinker. I knew some of our elders were more likely to give him a listen than, say, John Wimber (he has a flaming charismatic stigma to many conservative Christians).
Anyway, Paul found a fellow pastor's Kingdom Triangle book cover in the trash. So we used it as the cover for Wimber's book Power Healing, then attached this note and put it on this person's desk:
"I hope you enjoy my new book that will surely shake the foundations of your 'open but cautious' stance regarding supernatural signs and wonders. Stop straightjacketing your college pastor, and enjoy my new book (a follow-up to KT)- The Kingdom Rhombus: Releasing Your Theological Death Grip. Best Wishes- J.P. Moreland (in my best impression of his autograph).
Nothing communicates like some good 'ol mockery and practical jokes... I love this church!