The Glorious Ragbag

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So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (AC 2.41).

“There is no way of belonging to Jesus Christ except by belonging gladly and irrevocably to the glorious ragbag of saints and fat-heads who make up the one, holy and universal church!” ? Bishop Geoffrey Paul

If our churches are to grow, we’ll be adding a lot of people not like us.? Are you ready?? What if a guy walks into your meeting with bright orange hair and wearing a skirt?? It happened in our church a few years ago.? People made a beeline to him and welcomed him warmly.

A few days later I saw him in a local restaurant.? Only this day his hair was brown and he was wearing jeans.? He looked like any other college student.? I recognized him and said “hi” to him.? He commented on how friendly everyone was, then said, “I dressed that way just to see what everyone would do.”? He didn’t join the church, but I was glad to see our church would welcome anyone.

Are you ready?

photo by louisbickett

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.