Sunday January 18th at 11:00 a.m. was sort of a milestone for the Exodus Church located in Spring, Texas. As a result of phenomenal growth, the relatively new non-denominational church moved to two Sunday worship services.
A couple of days ago I randomly ended up watching Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. The guest was Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington. Among other things, Huffington was promoting her recent book, "Thrive".
Notwithstanding a thoroughly interesting interview, I was totally intrigued by a passage Oprah read from the book, a quote from Roman Emperor Marcus Aureluis' book The Meditations, written in 167 A.D.
The quote, which I discovered as being regarded as perhaps the most memorable passage of Meditations encourages us to view life as being, in the words of the poet Rumi, "rigged in [our] favor."
The absolute worst time to make a decision is when you are desperate. Think about the times when you have been desperate and think about the decision you made. Would you have made the same decision if you held on to your faith? I doubt it.
What I don't believe is that Christianity is the only path towards God. For many in my own faith, this is a profoundly disloyal statement, and tantamount to blasphemy. I remember saying something like it in a youth Bible study class a few years ago, and the reactions I received ranged from shock, disbelief and even fear.
We can all agree that Christianity--and subsequently, Jesus--has an image problem. So how will outreach and evangelism impact and influence this cultural context over the next 10 years? Numerous answers and possibilities exist, but here, I offer a truly essential one: real human relationships.