Skip to main content

Pizza vs Potlucks

Yesterday my church family got together and had a party. It was a hot, muggy day in Cincinnati but we didn't let that stop us from getting together and playing games together and eating food. Fun authenticates forgiveness and helps build real-ationships (see what I did there?) in a way that attending church services and Bible studies alone cannot do. It gives us a chance to see each other sweat, wear gym shorts, spill water, eat cookies, and laugh out loud. It was a sweet time.

The lunch arrangement was for everyone to bring a side dish to share. Dale and a few others prepared hotdogs and meat while everyone's side dishes lined a table in the shade. Everyone brought something to the table and there was plenty left over for people to take home.

Watching the potluck unfold gave me some new fodder for my theological brain:
The Church was designed to be a potluck experience. Everyone brings something to the table and each of our unique dishes combine to create a whole dinner. We all come bringing something that costs us something but at the end of the day all of our needs are met and then some.

As opposed to...
For the past 20 years or so we have been making the American Church into a Pizza Party Church--where we all show up and consume as much as we can handle. Yes, we still have a good time and create memories with each other, but we didn't come bringing a sacrifice that costs us anything. We simply show up, show a couple slices of pie in our face, and leave the pizza boxes for someone else to clean up. There isn't any variety or glamour to a pizza party. Sure, there is no quirky side dish with questionable ingredients but there is also no heart put into the creation of the food, no originality in the dishes, no hodge-podge of cutlery and serving dishes, and no diversity and synergy among the meal.

We have created an atmosphere of Consumerism vs Community, Pizza vs Potlucks.
-We crank up the music to 108db--loud enough that you don't feel awkward singing out of pitch, but also loud enough that no one would be able to tell if you quit singing altogether.
-We hand out coffee and donuts before the service begins, subliminally telling you that you don't need to bring anything to church but merely relax and receive.
-We talk about how we didn't get anything out of the message today; as if the primary aim of a worship service was for us to receive instead of give God our attention and our hearts.
-We sacrifice times of sharing and testimony and leave all the talking to only those who are trained in exegesis with public oratory skill.

What if instead when we all came to church we treated it more like a potluck?
-What if we brought a snack to share with those seated around us instead of looking to receive something from others?
-What if we took away the sound system altogether so that corporate music didn't happen unless the people sang?
-What if the offering time was a highlight of the service instead of an afterthought during a time of announcements?
-What if we allowed everyone who had a word from the Lord to share, regardless of their pacing or natural delivery?

What if Sundays were focused more on Community than Consumerism? How would that change the way the world perceives us?


Popular posts from this blog

Threatened By a Baby

My sister always dreamed of having a pet tiger. She is a cat person and so the thought of having a tiger as a pet was always intriguing for her. I figured that was a pretty cool idea but didn't think it was very feasible. Come to find out, there are a bunch of stories out there of people who adopted a tiger as a baby, nursed it, trained it, and now have a house pet that is capable of ripping their head off without much effort.

If you came across a full grown tiger on the Savana you would likely find that to be worrisome. After all, the Savana is the Tiger's natural habitat; you are on his turf and you look a lot like lunch. You know it, and he knows it. And your chances of survival are somewhere between slim and none.

But if you came across a tiger cub you would likely not feel threatened at all. At worst this little tiger cub is going to gnaw on your leg or claw your shin but it would just be irritating and wouldn't even draw blood.

This leads me to conclude that the reaso…

Xmas parties

When you throw two Christmas parties over the course of 2 days to two different music groups at church, and you only get a .231 appearance it really worth it?

Rent to Own Garages of Greatness

I've recently come into a great partnership. I have often wanted a place to store my tools and keep my car dry on rainy days. But I haven't figured out a good way to pay for such an expensive proposition. Of course I could build one, but I recently found that there is a company here in Ohio who builds these garages for a small mark-up and will deliver it ready to use.

Cincy Sheds offers these garages for sale or in a rent-to-own option. You pay 36 payments on a monthly basis of somewhere around $500 and you own the garage at the end of everything.

Why pay to have storage space at some location at a big storage facility when you can have a storage unit brought to your house? And these look classy too!