Anybody wanna go on an elephant hunt safari?

Posted: March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Sometimes people speak of an elephant in the room. Wikipedia says that “an elephant in the room” is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth or problem that is being ignored or goes unaddressed. It is built around the idea that if there were an elephant in the room, it would be too big to be ignored, therefore the obvious fact that it is not being discussed is indication everyone has chosen to avoid dealing with whatever the issue or problem may be.

But it seems to me that the elephant takes up room that could be used for something more productive. So why don’t we hunt the elephant down and shoot it. Then we can eat it the way the Africans tell me you eat an elephant: one bite at a time.

Recently, 205 year old Beulah Baptist Church decided to relaunch as Church Unleashed @ Beulah. It is amazing the rumors that fly in every direction. Someone asked me the other day what we are sitting on now. I responded, “What do you mean?” They said, “I heard you got rid of the ‘pews’ in the church.” I responded, “Well, that might not be a bad idea, but last time I checked they were still there.”

“What’s your dress code?” someone else asked. I said, “We prefer you wear clothes.” “Are you guys no longer Baptists?” “We are still Baptists, we just aren’t rubbing everyone’s face in it. We think it is more important to be Christian.”

So what is going on? Well, we decided that being stuck in a rut for 25 years is pretty close to being buried in a cemetary plot. So we relaunched with a fresh determination to share the Gospel in our community and to the ends of the earth. We want to be involved in helping people who are far from God, draw near through Jesus Christ. We want to make disciples that love Jesus with all their heart. We are committed to the absolute authority and inspiration of the Bible and want to present it as relevant for today’s culture.

We are doing all that we do in the light of truth. Nothing is hidden under darkness. We are broadcassting live over the internet every Sunday. We are publishing blogs out there for anyone to read. We want to join with millions of other Christians to know Him and make Him known. And we want to unleash the Gospel from man made traditions so God can do what only God can do.

Pretty much anything else you might hear, well, it is a lie. It is an elephant you can shoot.


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