The recent shake-up of leadership at Willow Creek, a Chicagoland area mega-church, has certainly made it ripples in mainstream media. When something this ‘big’ takes place, where do we look for a solution? Perhaps there is another way to approach problems like this (problems of any kind, really).
One of the sore spots of religion is “all of the rules.” Right? Passages like the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount sometimes are seen as rules and regulations- things we “have to do” in order to “be good.” Enough of that, and people might start to question the whole religion thing (and dare we say it, even walk away from the church…hmm…).
But, perhaps we could reframe the conversation about “Bible rules,” and see what happens as a result.
Jesus is clear in both His actual teachings and the example of His life that discipleship is an essential rhythm in the life of the Christ-follower. Like many rhythms in the church, discipleship holds traditional formats, but are there other ways we can approach this formative and essential practice? A few passages of scripture show that discipleship could be bigger than we have thought.