Jordon quotes John

kinnon —  March 2, 2008 — 7 Comments

Wimber that is – on the church and what it’s supposed to look like:

Folks, the world knows what this is supposed to look like. Years ago in New York City, I got into a taxi cab with an Iranian taxi driver, who could hardly speak English. I tried to explain to him where I wanted to go, and as he was pulling his car out of the parking place, he almost got hit by a van that on its side had a sign reading The Pentecostal Church. He got real upset and said, “That guy’s drunk.” I said, “No, he’s a Pentecostal. Drunk in the spirit, maybe, but not with wine.” He asked, “Do you know about church?” I said, “Well, I know a little bit about it; what do you know?” It was a long trip from one end of Manhattan to the other, and all the way down he told me one horror story after another that he’d heard about the church. He knew about the pastor that ran off with the choir master’s wife, the couple that had burned the church down and collected the insurance—every horrible thing you could imagine. We finally get to where we were going, I paid him, and as we’re standing there on the landing I gave him an extra-large tip. He got a suspicious look in his eyes—he’d been around, you know. I said, “Answer me this one question.” Now keep in mind, I’m planning on witnessing to him. “If there was a God and he had a church, what would it be like?” He sat there for awhile making up his mind to play or not. Finally he sighed and said, “Well, if there was a God and he had a church—they would care for the poor, heal the sick, and they wouldn’t charge you money to teach you the Book.” I turned around and it was like an explosion in my chest. “Oh, God.” I just cried, I couldn’t help it. I thought, “Oh Lord, they know. The world knows what it’s supposed to be like. The only ones that don’t know are the Church.”

Make a point of reading all of Jordon’s post which riffs on this post of Scott’s.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

7 responses to Jordon quotes John

  1. I can’t tell you how much that made my day. Thanks to you and Jordon.

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  2. Thanks for making my cry first thing on a Monday morning. Man, that quote really got to me. Thanks, Bill.

    Tracy

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  3. Tracy and Jonathan,
    Got me me about the same way(s).

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  4. Ah yes, I miss John!

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  5. That one is definitely a killer.

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  6. Bill,
    I’m with you…I miss John Wember. He had a simplicity and passion for Jesus that was so contagious. Granted he wasn’t a “theologian,” but he was a Christ-like leader.

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  7. definitely a killer

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