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Posted by Tim :: Tim's thoughts

So there I was, hanging out at Glen Arbor Community Church about a half an hour early (I know... this would never happen in Ames) when I got into a conversation with Ernie.
Ernie was an 83 year old man that was sharp witted and loved the Lord. His words weren't filled with theory and speculation about life. He had lived it and God had given him wisdom along the way to understand it.
He was sharing with me how he handled the Great Depression. He wanted to be a machinist and refused to let the dried up job market rob him of his dignity. He relentlessly pursued his dream until he finally landed a job as an apprentice and worked his way up from there.
He then told me a story of one fella who would drive up to different factories with his truck where he had rigged an operational oven in the back. All morning he would bake apple pies right outside the building, so that when lunch break hit the workers would walk out into a wall of the irresistible smells of fresh baked apple pies. I'm salivating just thinking about it.
Ernie said that the Great Depression has also been called the "Era of Innovation". It proved the old adage true that necessity is the mother of invention.

I walked away wondering how innovative Christians are with the gospel. We sure do a "good job" of copying the world and putting our own sanctified twist on it. Just think about all the T-shirts that mimic product slogans. Cute, but they all lack true innovation. That type of creativity that is born out of necessity and an understanding of the times that were in. The kind of stuff that gives birth to a whole new church movement like John Wesley's Methodism and its circuit riders or (on another spectrum) C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia and it's intricate symbolism and scripting.
"It's rare", I'm told, "Very few people are gifted like that." Maybe so. But maybe it's because we just don't think it's very necessary.


Comments

Tim-
Not related to the above, but I just wanted to let you know that I am always checking up to see what new insights you have. I know that without reader comments, blogging can sometimes feel like an exercise in futility, so I just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work!

Posted by: Pat at June 24, 2004 05:21 PM

Yes, I check frequently as well!

Posted by: Dan at June 25, 2004 01:12 PM

Thanks guys. I appreciate the support. I was wondering, "If a blooger blogs and no one comments, does anyone read it?"
Now I know.

Posted by: Tim at June 27, 2004 03:38 PM

My son Bill just bought a bumper sticker (no, he doesn't have a car), it says:

Get out of Hell free--John 3:16

He loved it and paid his own money for it!

We found it in the book store at Focus on the
Family in Colorado Springs. If you haven't been there make it a priority on your next trip to Colorado. The whole place makes you feel good about the future of Christianity and the church, that is hard to do these days!

Posted by: Eric Borseth at July 6, 2004 05:18 PM