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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

In support of God's gardeners ...

Spencer Burke, who founded The Ooze , one of the oldest emerging church communities on the Web, recently released a column entitled "Swords into plowshares: A Former Soldier of Christ Offers the Church a New Metaphor for Evangelism." Burke offers the premise that it may be kairos to move from a warrior-Christian culture to one of Christian cultivator.

I wholeheartedly embrace that viewpoint.

The idea of selling fire insurance and closing the deal for Jesus doesn't do much for me. As one who was on the "buyer's" end of such deals at least twice in my journey, I can attest to its limitations. It was only after cultivation by a faith community who took the time to til the soil, to become engaged in my life and that of my family, that I fully embraced the faith with actions and not just words.

The real truth is this: It is easier to aggressively close a deal and walk off feeling as if we've done our thing for God than it is to open a door and invite someone into the community. It is even more difficult to take the time to invest ourselves in their lives, to do the hard work of tilling the soil, planting the seed, watering the seedling, and helping rid the area of weeds. We need to get on our knees and enjoy the process rather than worry about whether the harvest will come to pass.

That's not to say that we should be unconcerned about whether the person embraces the faith. Rather, it is with the understanding that personal salvation is not the end all of the faith journey. We are not just saved for eternity; we are being saved in the here and now.

That's true, vintage, organic Christianity.

Grace and peace ...