Anyone can grab a pot and a wooden spoon and stand out the street clamoring for attention. Go ahead. Set up a soapbox. Buy a spotlight. Sell tickets. Put on a show. But turning heads? Please don't tell me that's how you measure success.
At the end of this sabbatical journey, I realize the journey has just started. Experiencing, seeing and understanding some of the things I did on my sabbatical away from Church is not enough. Now is the time to act.
I decided from the very beginning that during the three months I'm on sabbatical, I will not go to church. I've never done that for more than a couple of Sundays in my whole life. Ever. And it worried me.
Somewhere along the way, Christian outreach became more about personal conversion than about empathy and compassion. One of the biggest turn-offs I hear about Christians is that folks see us as trying to make everyone like us.