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Church History is Like a Compost Pile.

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Church History is Like a Compost Pile.

Church history is like a compost pile.___________________

We make up compost piles out of various things, but all the things we throw in share one big characteristic:

They’re dead.

Many techniques and styles that were once applicable and necessary to share the gospel don’t apply to the church of today, just like the styles of the church of today won’t apply to the church of tomorrow.

But dead stuff or not, after we break it down we find in its remains the most essential nutrients for growing new life.

‘The way they used to do it’ might not be the way we should do it today, but it doesn’t mean we’re better, or that they got it wrong. It just means that as the whole world is decomposing we’re each borrowing nutrients from what used to thrive. Taking the best and leaving the rest.

They might be dead, but it’s because of them that we’re alive.

© Tom Brown 2007

Submitted on 2007-05-16 08:44:20     Terms of Service / Copyright Rules
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  yes. church history is like a compost heap.
there are a lot of things that wont decompose in the eyes of those outside the church though.
the church has done some very dispicable things in its history [though most people groups have done things they ought to be ashamed of too] and these are the things that people outside the church use as reasons not to follow christ.

it makes me sad.

i like how you said it doesnt mean theyre wrong just coz theyre dead things/ways though. there is a lot to be learnt from the past and if we ignore/forget it completely then we run the risk of becoming corrupt as the church has a history of doing when it finds wealth and power.

i mean... look at hymns.
most modern day christians are allergic to them... they say theyre irrelevant and boring.
i adore them because they contain such sound doctrinal truths and you know... when they first came out they caused all kinds of issues within the church... people left because hymns were pub tunes with god lyrics essentially...

but yes... someone once said to learn from the mistakes of others coz you'll never have enough time to make them all yourself and so hopefully the church can become a safer more effective community because its awareness of its past- both the good and bad aspects of it.
| Posted on 2008-05-27 00:00:00 | by Someones Epiphany | [ Reply to This ]
  Interesting thoughts. and i also like the way you express yourself: very reader-friendly. Will be reading more of you.
N. Imajen
| Posted on 2007-05-16 00:00:00 | by beninbrasil | [ Reply to This ]

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