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:
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