I've never been in the position I am right now- looking for a church. I always sort of knew which church I belonged to by the name on the door. At least that's been my experience for most of my life. As a child it was the Church of Christ with my parents. As a newly married adult I started attending a Calvary Chapel (big change from Church of Christ) and continued with Calvary Chapels until a few years ago.
The teaching gift I was blessed to learn under at Pathway is unmatched anywhere I've been. And I kinda feel like I probably won't find another Pastor Craig anywhere. And that's O.K. I guess. I'm just kinda bummed about it. I learned so much and unlearned a lot of fluff.
I enjoyed the teaching today very much! But he's not the pastor there so we'll have to go back again and see.
Also, I have a problem with singing patriotic songs in church. I don't know that I can do a good job of explaining why.
The whole religious-right-America-is-a-Christian-nation-and-we're-taking-her-back thing bothers me. America is very blessed by God, but I don't believe her blessing is in correlation to her Christian-ness. The kingdom of God is from every nation and tribe throughout the world. No one country enjoys exclusivity with God. When I lament the state of our nation it's not because I think Barrak Obama is taking away what once was a godly nation and turning it into a godless one. I lament because sin pervades and wrong is called right and right is called wrong and sooner or later it's going to have it's deadly effects on our nation. I love America but I don't approve of her in many ways. I love her, I want what's best for her and I grieve that she chooses a path that's destructive to our society. But this has no bearing on my worship of God corporately. Whether America is governed by Judeo-Christian values or is an enemy of Judeo-Christian values, when I gather to sing praises to God and hear the preaching of God's word with other believers I want to do just that. I don't want to mix in anything that looks or sounds like Christianity is American or America is Christianity.
O.K. that's my church hunting woes for the week.