Ancient Community in NYC

This evening I joined with 100 church leaders from all over the country to do three things: contemplate our Christian faith, worship, and enjoy a Sabbath meal together.

I believe Christianity is true for lots of reasons: philosophical reasons, textual-critical reasons, archeological reasons, scientific reasons, and even narrative reasons. In fact I spent several years immersing myself in arguments for and against God and it was quite some time before I felt comfortable affirming my faith based on these different criteria.

But let’s put that aside for a moment.

Tonight I found myself in awe of the community of faith I found myself in. That 100 people from all over the country gathered in the basement of a hotel in New York City and worshipped together; pursued God together; broke bread and blessed food together. Something happens in a group like that — community, connection, fellowship. We find ourselves a part of something so much bigger than us. And while there are other religions and other people of faith who have their own traditions, none of them seek to humbly approach the Divine in quite the same way that Christians do.

And my tribe has been doing it for thousands of years.

Even if I lay aside all of my reasoned arguments for being a follower of Christ, I find something immensely valuable in being a part of this community; of contributing my little part in the context of the whole.

I was reminded of that tonight.


  1. That’s great.  The way it’s supposed to be…. reminds me of Acts. 
    Joyce (Rider)

  2. Hello Josh –

    John and I are regulars at CBIC until at least June (we’re only here for the War College year) but found this site through a quick search.

    Found the podcasts you all do via iTunes and subscribed – but thought you should link to them here every week. Doesn’t have to be new content at all. Just the sermons you preach once a week and your thoughts about it…a couple lines, maybe…and then anything else you want to share as you think of it. I see you’ve kept the rights to the site for 2014 but haven’t posted anything in the last two years, so thought an idea on what to post might be welcome. Ha!

    It’s another way to reach people and John and I both totally enjoy your sermons – real, relevant – but respectful and based in Scripture. Doesn’t get more important than that.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, and we’re praying for you and your family.

    Holly Silkman

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