As I’ve said here before, Don’t Eat Alone is one of my favourite blogs. Milton weaves together being a chef, with his seminary degree, his growing up as a Missionary kid in Africa (we share a love of Nairobi), his musical gifts, his history in the faith and the life he shares with his pastor wife and their community – both within and outside the church.
I love this A.W. Tozer quote from Milton this morning. (Tozer was a topic of conversation in Chicago, as Dave Fitch is a CMA pastor – the denomination in which Tozer was a pastor. I also didn’t know that Tozer’s last church was here in Toronto – a church that’s been a Hare Krishna temple for decades on Avenue Rd. But. Again. I digress.) The quote:
Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified.
And here’s a favourite Tozer quote of mine, which informs the post I’m in the process of writing on what we mean when we use the word, “team”.
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.