Interesting recent article at Her.meneutics, a blog connected to Christianity Today.
I first thought that the caption was ironic or sardonic (I have trouble telling the difference). Surely the author intended to criticize the
partyingfellowshipping ways of evangelical Christianity. But I was mistaken (it happens).
I was confronted with the power of party as Christian witness last Christmas, following a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Afterwards, the church served an elaborate display of homemade soups and desserts, enough to feed thousands in the crowd. I’d been to my share of church potlucks and picnics, but this was something special: a delicious, extravagant, God-reflecting act of hospitality.
This is part of the philosophy at Christ Presbyterian. The congregation hosts three large-scale parties a year, drawing in between 2,000 and 3,000 a piece, with attendance split between church members and people from their community in Nashville.
So this congregation has decided to be known for its hospitality through parties.
“Though it is not the primary goal of our larger parties—we celebrate and have fun for its own sake, because Jesus always seemed to be feasting—it becomes an entry into the life of our church,” pastor Scott Sauls told me. “It’s one of many ways to dispel the false idea that Christianity limits our fun. It’s actually the opposite.”
The church encourages its small groups and members to apply this philosophy on a smaller scale. Any occasion becomes an excuse to have 20 to 100 people over: holidays, the Grammys, the Final Four.
What do you think?