A thought for all of my "church of christ" friends that read this blog
It seems that you can't open any church blog, christian magazine, or even hear a sermon lately that isn't to some degree mentioning some change for the church of christ. I have yet to talk much about this because having grown up very traditionally it can be a bit unsettling, a little for me and a lot for my loved ones. As a memeber of Richland Hills Church of Chirst, we are about to face maybe the bigest change in church of christ history. This saturday night will be our first Sat. evening service and it will be instrumental. I have experienced a lot of personal growth because of this decision, but I have to tell you that I am constantly seeking new ways to view this situation and my perspective on "church" in general. Since I am taking Sociology, I have been encouraged to view everything from a "socialogical point of view". I was reading late last night and found something that was very interesting to me.
Could we view change in the church from a sociological point of view? Here is a sociology term for you: ethnocentrism. It means the tendency to judge others in relation to one’s own cultural standards. Here is the biggest disadvantage of ethnocentrism; it may create such a high degree of integration and stability that innovation is hampered. Societies whose members are too firmly convinced of their righteousness may choke off exploration for new solutions to persistent problems. Further, they may reject, without examination, solutions that might be gleaned from other societies. And if, heightened ethnocentrism impeded both the internal creation of ideas and the external influence for solutions to longstanding problems, it may create an even greater disadvantage in facing the challenge of new problems and unfamiliar circumstances. This is from my sociology text book (sociology Jon M. Shepard Ninth Edition)
Trey had a great post on change.
Rick had a series of sermons about it.
The Christian Chronicle has covered it.
Wade Hodges had a great series about it.Christian Unity covers a lot of heritage information.
Restoration Unity has some alarming statistics and surveys.
Just wanted to share some brain food and hopefully encourage us to all stretch our minds to see things from a broader prespective. Any thoughts?
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