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Monday, February 13, 2006

March of the Mutch's


What do you do when, as a pastor, you've had your position terminated? Well, Christine and I wanted to do something radical. We stood up and told the community we were part of that our commitment was not tied to a paycheck and that we were going to continue to be an active part of the community until God called us elsewhere.

BUT...

What do you do when you are then asked(?) to step away and take a leave of absense from the community? Escaping to Hawaii and having church on the beach with a couple of Mai Tai's came to mind...

BUT...

We snapped back to reality and decided that this could be an exciting time of checking out a bunch of local churches of all shapes, sizes, structures, demographics, etc. I am dubbing it "The March of the Mutch's." Having just watched The March of the Penguins the night before this tour de church started, it seemed appropriate.

Yesterday, we decided to hit two churches. Though it wasn't part of our plan, we ended up at 2 Calvary Church church plants. In the morning we went to Crossroads Bible Church in Walker. Then, when we heard what Jeff Manion was preaching on at Mars Hill, we went there in the evening. I'll try to come back to the meaningful experiences from these to places later this week.

To conclude this post, I'd like to ask a question. What are the parallels and connections between our tour de church and The March of the Penguins? If you've seen, take a shot and connecting some of the dots. I'll fill in with my own comments as we go.

redeeming unemployment,

Greg

12 Comments:

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous kimberly said...

You know the parts of the movie when the storms got so fierce and extremely cold that the group of penguins had to come so closely together to stay alive and protect that which was so dear to them? The unknown elements threatened not only the individual penguin, but the family unit, and the entire community. The viewer is forced to ask themselves "Did they persevere and trust that things would come together for them in the end and endure the harsh season to experience the beautiful seasons..."

 
At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Annie said...

I think we need to have a movie night. I still haven't seen all of Napolian Dynamite, and neither has Christine. And I havnen't seen The March of the Penguins either.
Really I just want to hang out! Hope all is well and home is fun, I guess.

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger John Frye said...

Greg,
Provocative blog. Keep asking the questioins. We, too, want to see "March of the Penguins."

 
At 6:10 PM, Blogger Greg said...

kim,
thanks for your thoughts. I agree that there seems to be "something out in front" that they are clinging to. And after watching the movie, it is difficult to miss God's hand in the whole thing. Sure, there is still chaos and death and destruction. Even penguins are cracked and broken and longing for re-creation. What I like is that they pursue it with all they've got. They waddle miles on end a couple of times a year...just so they can eat, feed their child, and see it grow. Inspired by the penguins, I'll keep waddling in the way of Jesus looking for the missio of God wherever he is at work.

 
At 6:11 PM, Blogger Greg said...

annie, let's definitely do the napolean night. Maybe we can all dress up and say our favorite lines too...and, of course, dance! Whatever we do, let's make an effort to hang out. These have been crazy weeks for christine with interviewing for next years leaders...and next week we are gone to a conference. So, if we don't see you this week, let's make it happen week after next.

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Travel commpanion said...

Greg,


Please blog some more. I've been waiting for days for a new blog.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger Greg said...

my apologies, TC. However, I can hardly be compelled to make new posts for an anonymous audience. I hope to have some time tomorrow to reflect and post...either early morning or midafternoon. I am learning that being unemployed is much more time consuming and busy than being a pastor. I've been running like crazy for these few days--cleaning, cooking, house projects, some meetings, etc. I am going to need a job pretty soon so I can slow down.

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger sojourner said...

tell me about it.... staying at home is so much work.

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger sojourner said...

tell me about it.... staying at home is so much work.

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Mario Lemieux said...

When I think of the march of the Penguins I think of one thing - the Pittsburg Penguins. They were a bunch of nobodies as a hockey team in the 1980s and then they got a Messiah, named Mario Lemieux and they all came together under his leadership to march to victory -two Stanley Cups. And then Mario left for retirement, but we all knew he was coming back to win the final eschatological victory and blot all the evil out. So he came back in 2002 and led Canada to the Olympic gold hockey medal over the U.S. team. And so everything was made right

 
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