James went back and played in the church band yesterday and made some observations about his experience.
His comments on the issue of ‘social capital’ in church life are insightful and worth reading.
As one who regularly heads back to ordinary churches I often find myself wondering why it is that we do certain things and at times find myself bemused by the activities like ‘turn to the person next to you’ etc.
That said there are elements of regular church life that I find valuable – I quite like sitting still and listening while someone speaks to me – and I doubt there is any such thing as the perfect gathering.
The point is more that its very hard to see our own idiosyncrasies from the inside, but when an outsider comes in they notice them.
Reminds me of the story of the guy who went to a charismatic church for the first time and when asked of his impression said, “Well… I liked the karaoke, but what was with all those nazi salutes while we were singing?!”
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