I read Bruxy Cavey's book End Of Religion about a year ago. I came away wondering how it was that someone who believed Jesus didn't come to start a new religion could end up on the pastoral staff at a large church in Ontario. This conversation I'm listening to today is helping clarify how this works for Bruxy.
It seems Bruxy is most concerned with encouraging believers to grow in their relationship with God and form healthy relationships with others. The way they 'do church' is to emphasize meeting together in small house size gatherings. It seems they place a real emphasis on this.
The Sunday morning gathering then becomes like a big front porch that welcomes new people and encourages them to 'do church' with them... in a home setting. They tell the people who come on Sunday that they are not a church that has small groups. They are a collection of home churches that also meets on Sunday morning. When they talk about church... they are talking about the gatherings that occur in their homes.
"And we'll remind people regularly, if you don't have enough time in your week to do both, please skip Sunday mornings."
I enjoyed the podcast, and love seeing God moving people to think about church and religion outside the box of what has been passed on to us.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.