Eric O. Jacobsen is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary. On this wide-ranging and enlightening e-book, the writer makes a speciality of the craving that lovers of the preferred TV display Cheers affirmed in its theme track: “You wish to have to be the place we all know your title.”
These days church buildings try to achieve the various lonely folks with the trap of belonging to a group the place they’ll be liked and beloved. The one hassle is that many of those persons are addicted to 3 monitors which mediate this international to them:
“Those are the infamous 3 items of glass … the auto, the tv, and the smartphone have made our lives more straightforward and extra entertaining, however in combination they have got massively lowered the frequency, period, and high quality of our public interactions.”
The mythology of “worldly belonging” that permits those monitors to have such a lot energy in our lives stems from some not unusual traits: they’re unique, contractual, enemy centered, and malformative. Here’s a gap for Christian communities to foster the type of belonging which comes to actual amassing in actual puts and seeking to welcome strangers through making them really feel at house.
Within the remaining chapters of 3 Items of Glass, Jacobson demanding situations congregations to do no matter it takes to profit from the promise of homecoming, telling a excellent tale, thinking about communally formed possible choices, and capitalizing at the artwork and craft of position attachment.