Hey Chris! You are writing the topic of pretty much what my next book is all about. And for those that go back to the early church to think that was the ideal, you only have to read 1 Corinthians and other sections to see the early church had their fair share of the very same messes, power struggles, selfishness etc. that we do today because we are all messy people in need of a Savior and of God’s Spirit to help change us. So whether early church or modern church, people are still messy so there is no perfect or non-messy church. Until the day there is no more sin and the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21)….. Jesus loves His bride and although we are messy folks due to sin, we shouldn’t use that as an excuse to dismiss it, but try to keep the Bride as clean as possible and to criticize the Bride is to criticize ourselves as we are the church. So that is why I love Reality Church and others who are creating the future church and bringing hope.
One of these days, I hope we get to see each other again and hang out! Say hello to Britt!