For the past two weeks I’ve been in South Carolina listening to the stories of old friends and new friends. Something is afoot with people all over. From Hungary to Hawaii, from the Mason-Dixon line to the Bible Belt people are restless and tired of the same ‘ol same ‘ol. In this South Carolina community known for church hopping, friends are giving up even on the hope of finding the missing piece in the church across the way. They’re asking (at last) questions that could lead us right into a twenty-first century Reformation: “Where are people experiencing grace?” “Where are broken people sharing their lives in authentic community?” “Where are weary ones resting in the love of the Father?” “Where are weak and the poor being cared for?” “Where is the kingdom?”
Religion has set itself up for a fatal blow. If these questions are left unchecked they’ll lead into something as new as tomorrow and as old as the dance between the Father, Son and Spirit: If we’re not careful such dangerous questions might lead to the end of religion itself to a wide-open movement that follows Jesus into the radical, unorthodox ways of the kingdom.