Some might argue that the church has gone through some pretty dramatic changes. I would agree: dramatic. In other words, all show. The significant change required is resisted to the death. The church would rather die than give you change.
We are experts in tweaking. Rearranging the furniture on a sinking ship. Renovating. Redesigning. Remodeling. We've become makeup artists. Experts in the facade.
The true transformation that beckons us is symbolized by our symbol, the cross. It means death to our fantasmic future. Death to our vision. Death to our agendas. Death to power and authority. Death to control. Death to success.
Real church happened on the cross. Genuine community. Thief: "Jesus, I hurt."
Jesus: "You're with me. And I'm with you."