Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Holy Crap Must Go!

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There is a provocative essay being passed around church leaders, by Walter Russell Mead (son of the well-known church writer Loren Mead) called The Holy Crap Must Go in which he compares the current age to the age of the Reformation saying that the accumulated detritus of denominations must be dispensed with. His basic thesis is presented here:
In the spirit of Martin Luther, let me post a provocative thesis on the wall: If virtually the entire regional and national staff of every mainline denomination were to be called home to heaven overnight in a mainline version of the Rapture, leaving only the equivalent of Bishop Baker and his secretary in their place, I am sure that someone somewhere would notice a difference, but the effect on either the spiritual state of American Christians or the health and well being of local congregations throughout the United States would be hard to detect with the naked eye.
My friend, Tom Sramek writes about it here Out with the old and in with the...? in which he assesses the piece as offering a problem, but no real solution. Tom then cleverly connects his won church situation to the first Apple Mac commercial, which I will post below. He asks, how to become that "nimble, flexible, change-the-world church."

Another person refkecting on Mead's essay is Dan Martins who writes a reflection Skating to where the puck is going to be taking its title from hockey great Wayne Gretsky who said that was the key instead of skating to where the puck is. Martins says in part,
Before Christendom (that is, before Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in the second decade of the fourth century), the Sunday Eucharist was the last place Christians expected to meet a “seeker.” Might we need to re-engineer the social architecture of our church communities such that potential new members find us and are integrated into various aspects of our common life even before they have ever darkened the door of the nave on a Sunday morning? A great deal of thinking-outside-the-box is called for here.

Honestly, I don’t much like where the puck is going to be. I don’t even like where it is. I much prefer it where it used to be! But I’m wearing these skates and I have this stick in my hand, and it’s my job to get in the game.
I know I don't have a silver bullet answer that will solve all church woes. But I am also deeply convinced that as long as we worry about church finances and church attendance, these will not only dwindle, but they should dry up and blow away. For if we concern ourselves instead with the mission of the church to a lost and hurting world, then we will be about that for which the church exists whether its structures (hierarchical and physical plant alike) survive. It is the Good Shepherd model, where by our outreach we get involved in the lives of lost sheep, rather than the Little Bo Peep model whereby we wait for the sheep to come wandering home on their own.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Traitor to the Cause?*

*I'm the guy who loves the local church and just announced he is leaving working for a local congregation to join just the sort of denominational structure Mead's essay rails against, hoping that this is God's leading and the Kingdom of God will be , in some small way, better not worse for my move.

Facebook users can see the Mac video here: 1984 Apple's Macintosh Commercial



  • At 3/11/2010 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sorry, am I reading this wrong or are leaving King of Peace?

  • At 3/11/2010 3:45 PM, Blogger King of Peace said…

    Yes, I announced last week that I will finish my tenure at King of Peace on June 13 and begin work in Savannah as the Canon for Congregational Ministries on July 1. It was not an easily reached decision, but I know God has called me to this and so know that King of Peace is not only going to be fine, but will go from strength to strength.

  • At 3/11/2010 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well I have to say that being part of King of Peace has been my saving grace.

    Having a place to come and be myself for a while, knowing that I can just be me without condition.

    Father Frank, you have been a priest I have been able to talk with and not be talked to!!!

    Therefore, for that, I thank you and I know you would not be leaving if you were not called to. In whatever you do within the diocese, I know you will give your all.

    I am happy for you!! We at KOP will move forward, but also know that we will miss you, as our children will.

    You are the best Father Frank, thank you for all you have done for all of us at KOP as well as all you have done for everyone in Camden County.


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