The relevancy of church: a real smile beats an emoticon


Instant friendship because we share Christ. On outreach in San Diego.

Instant friendship — because we have Christ in common. On outreach in San Diego.

The handshake communicates affirmation, human warmth. A real smile always beats an emoticon. You can’t turn off the preachers just because his message is not exactly to your liking.

My fellow teacher, Kathy Payton, holds her granddaughter in service.

My colleague, Teacher Kathy Payton, holds her granddaughter in service.

In spite of futurists’ predictions, the e-church will never overtake the real church. As much as I enjoy “fellowship” on the blogosphere, I still crave that which only the local church can provide. I have yet to drink a coffee with a fellow blogger*

I’ve attended church for 33 years and haven’t found anything as vital and relevant as the living, breathing body of believers, despite its drawbacks and imperfections. The lifeblood of the church is its people — sometimes annoying, sometimes comforting, always interesting. The church is suffering no demise, even though outsiders forecast doom (but as

Everet liked the laser sound I can make. As we walked door to door inviting people to service, we became friends.

Everet liked the laser sound I can make. As we walked door to door inviting people to service, we cracked jokes and became friends.

“outsiders,” they simply don’t “get it” that the church is founded on Eternal Truth, not the shifting sands of popular opinion).

Here in Los Angeles, restaurants boast they serve “real food,” not processed, chemical-injected, nutritionless, unhealthy products. Yeah, get “real church.”

*If you’re ever in Santa Monica, let’s down a veinte at Starbucks!

19 responses to “The relevancy of church: a real smile beats an emoticon

  1. Bravo! Nothing beats the vibe standing among the congregation in a church.

  2. Though there is some level of ‘community’ here in blog world, i could not agree with you more. We need real people and real shoulders to rub and lean on.

    Ben

  3. That’s like saying pretty soon everyone will only watch sports from home. Much like a football game, there’s something about being around other people as motivated as you are about the same thing. There’s an energy in coming together. Plus I’m sure you can gain a lot from reading someone’s testimonial of their beliefs, but it’s a lot different hearing it come out of their own mouth. In fact, I’ll bet with the chaos bubbling in the world these days, there will probably be an increase of church goers.

  4. “A real smile beats an emoticon.” Oh, yeah.

  5. Amen. A coworker once told me you could write a message to a client that wasn’t so nice (because the client wasn’t being nice), but if you ended it with a smiley face, that made it all better… Actually, I hate emoticons. That’s why I’ve disabled them on my site. Real smiles are so much better!

  6. I have nominated you for the Leibster award on my more secular site themotherofnine9.wordpress.com

  7. do you worship in san diego, or are you from the los angeles area and just doing outreach there?

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