Noodle Salad & Sorrow, but No Regrets

So, what does noodle salad have to do with my “Sorrow, but No Regrets” essay, which appears today on CT‘s website? Well, Jack graduated from Manasquan (NJ) High School, where my father died playing basketball. That’s one thing. Another is that it hasn’t all been good times and noodle salad for anyone in my car, but there has been plenty of happiness and adventure along the way. Mostly, though, when Jesus is in the mix, “as good as it gets” is good enough.

I’ll be fleshing out the essay a bit later in the week, if I have time and internet access.  In the meantime, here’s the link.

Gotta fly!

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4 Comments on “Noodle Salad & Sorrow, but No Regrets

  1. Hi Christine,

    LOVED your piece in CT today! Anyone who has been in church any length of time can no doubt identify with your struggles.

    But your ending quote by Francis de Sales was perfect to tie it all together–when we are submitted to God and His purposes, we need to be willing to be flung wherever He chooses to fling us, trusting that He will be glorified as we submit to Him.

    Blessings!

  2. Christine, you are bang on in your CT article of July 25. For the most part I find the North American church to be in a complete mess. What it boils down to is this: the professional ministry of North American evangelical Christians has always produced putrid Christianity. Split churches, power struggles, immorality, and the like will always be the by-product because we have made the spiritual into the material.

    It was not always like that. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians tells us that he gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to prepare the average Joe and Jane to do the work of ministry. Instead of following this wonderful advice, we fired the offices of apostles & prophets, and made evangelists, pastors, and teachers the superstars. We made these guys (and a few gals) do all the work while the rest of us sat back. And then, we were and are shocked when they build their own private kingdoms, have power struggles, misappropriate funds, and participate in behaviour unbecoming of their offices.

    As long as we push them to do the work… and we sit back… this condition will continue. I am glad I graduated from seminary (www.prov.ca) but would not send one solitary soul back there. I hope and pray that I can be a minister and help train everyone I find to be a minister. I hope we stop building structures and return to building the kingdom.

    So call me a washed up Canadian pastor – ’cause it is true of me – but I hope I am on to something way better. I hope it shows me someday to be part of a movement that changed our society and maybe our world.

    Keep on writing sister because God has given you a powerful voice.

  3. I enjoyed your article.

    I sometimes feel affinity with the guy in the Middle Ages that first smirked when the local church politico shrieked out “In this name, conquer”… only to realize that everybody else was taking it seriously.

    Are we to believe that all this time and energy spent singing songs, shelling out money and listening to some guy tell me what he thinks about the Bible merits such importance?

    I haven’t spent much time in church over the past few years, and have abstained from it because, frankly, I put in my time. I get it. And I don’t need the weekly reminder. I am embarrassed by what goes on in the name of God all around me. The good that I know goes on does not outweigh the bad.

    The great thing is, you couldn’t say that even five years ago without shame and guilt flying back. Now, people realize that abstention is a definite option, that you can find your own ways of connecting to other people that doesn’t have anything to do with the “church” visible, but rather the church invisible.

    And frankly, I think we’d all be better off it somehow we could silence all the preachers, shut down all the churches and put a gag order on any Christian trying to articulate the message of Christ in words.

    d

  4. Thanks so much for that article, Christine. Not only can I relate to the feelings in the aftermath of a church split or fallen minister, but the perspective of finding healing in helping others heal is one I needed to hear.

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