RETHINKING THE JOURNEY is a call to refocus, rethink and reclaim the sincere and sacred responsibilities grace has entrusted to the church and ask the question, “What is God calling THE SINCERE CHURCH to be in the 21st century?”
It is not a call to find a new theology, to move away from our commitment to scripture, or to distance ourselves from tradition or hide from the responsibilities of social justice.
The Christian journey, at its most radical, is not about becoming a product in a faith vacuum or cocoon that says, “If you can get this everything will be wonderful.” It is about taking our faith like a sledgehammer to those and other false notions and traditions, breaking it so that we see clearly that there is nothing in this world—whether it is religion, whether it is sex, a job, or hitting the lotto—that will complete us. Instead, what we have to do, is rethink the journey and learn to live with all kinds of lack, pain and sometimes an all-consuming sense of brokenness, and that feeling on the journey that things are not complete. And in learning to live with it we actually find a true joy and a true happiness and strength for the journey; instead of trying to run from our suffering, or escape the pain. Instead of trying to run from our brokenness, we have to carry on with it and make peace with it on the journey and press on.