May Madness: A Bracket for My Search of a Church Home (Miniblog #204)
Before sharing this graphic, there’s a number of important things to clarify. First and foremost, I want to ensure the spirit with which I’m doing this is known.1.This post is furthering the narrative continuity from “Am I Still an Anglican? Honestly, I Don’t Know.” to “Why I’m Rebuilding Up from Mere Christianity: The Follow-Up to ‘Am I Still an Anglican?’“ This exploration is being done in a prayerful, respectful manner. While I’m thoroughly enjoying the process, I’m not treating it like a game. That it, I’m not being casual or haphazard about it. I’m proceeding with discernment, intentionality, precision, and rigor. Second, the bracket is being used as an imperfect tool. As I’m rebuilding up from mere Christianity I’ve found the multiplicity of options to be overwhelming. It’s an ecclesiastical cacophony out there, so I’m using this as a helpful way to get oriented and frame the issues in my mind.22.It’s also a useful way to manage my time and focus my energy as I’m trying to constructively channel the process. Third, this is about my ecclesiastical search. The distinction there is one of purpose rather than selfishness. This is not an academic treatment. It’s not an argument for or against particular ecclesiastical bodies, and I’m certainly not suggesting where all Christians should make their home.33.Please refrain from reading in more than is intended. Fourth, not every ecclesiastical body included in this bracket is equally plausible as a church home. Instead I’ve simply begun with the bodies for which I have a strong affinity for one reason or another.44.For almost all of them I have at least one corresponding friend or mentor who I deeply respect. Fifth, as I’ve said many times, I’m a Christian. That’s my loyalty. That’s my identity. That’s my noun. All of this is just about descriptions. It’s about what adjective fits best.55.Please know that I’m keeping that perspective steadfast in my heart, mind, and spirit. Lastly, for a number of reasons I’m jumping straight to Round 3.