Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Umbrella Church

Saying for the day- Why can't they get along? They all believe in God.

What is an umbrella Church?
To answer that question I am going to create a pretend umbrella Church so as to avoid offending any of those who belong to the great American umbrella churches ( Some will be offended anyway)
Our umbrella Church began as the Golden Chair Church or the GCC but by the time it had become a great umbrella church it merged with a number of other churches. It merged with the Golden Free Chair Churches, the Finnish Golden Chair Synod, the Evangelical Golden Chairs of America , and the Association of Free Golden Chairs. Forming the Evangelical Golden Chair Church of America or the EGCCA.
All the members believe in the Golden Chair.
But they don’t believe the same things.
Here are some of the beliefs.
1. The chair was first directed to be placed in every congregation by a Finnish Bishop to remind people of the sovereignty of God.
2. The original Golden Chair came from god without scratch, blemish, ort imperfection.
3. God placed the Golden Chair in the stable for Mary to sit on while she held the baby Jesus.
4.Some believe a secret society has kept the chair hidden and will reveal it when Jesus returns.
5.No community worship of any kind is acceptable to God unless the chair is in the middle of it.
6. Only ordained Pastor’s may sit upon the chair.
7. Only Bishops may sit upon the chair.
8. The chair must be made to exact dimensions and covered with gold gilt.
9. The chair is only a symbol but not essential to anything.
10. Some had an experience where one saw oneself carried into the throne room of God on the golden chair. Those with the experience called themselves “ The Ushered In”. Some believed that only the “Ushered In” would go to heaven.
11.The chair was to remind people that the poor needed to be treated like the rich.
12. A gay person may not sit upon the chair.
13. It was time for a gay person to sit upon the chair.
14. There was no God but the golden chair still had the power to remind us to love one another.
Of course there were other things that people believed about the chair as well but this gives you some idea of the diversity of belief.
Members kept trying to reform the EGCCA.
There was the Basic Chair movement. It held that seven of the beliefs were essential and you couldn’t belong unless you held them. There title became a term of derision as in “O! Your one of those Basics”
Some of the “Ushered In” tried to make that a condition of membership.
One group wanted the EGCCA to embrace the future and dump the silly beliefs of the past. What was important was that they cared for the poor.
Groups formed within the EGCCA. There was the Chair Alone group that wanted to go back to a simpler time. The Servant Church Group that wanted to put all the resources of the Church into serving.
Every time one of these movements or groups were perceived to threaten some
Group within the church the cry would go up, “We too have a right and a reason to exist within the church. This is our church, as much as those who would exclude us. We are not going to leave it, we are not going to tolerate being intimidated or demeaned by our fellow Golden Chairs, who do not agree with our interpretation and understanding of the faith.
The world looked on and asked “Why can’t they get along? They all believe in the Chair”.
They all believe in the Golden Chair.
@@@@ News From Pigeon Falls –the little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and the town dreams one dream-Since Saturday everybody has been talking about “The Dream”. They still find it hard to believe that they shared one great dream like a movie. They do remember that the dragon was a hero.
Mrs. Trumble says that it was demon induced dream. It was caused by dark and evil forces.
Eino , who was the General of the town forces in the dream says he doesn’t understand it.
Tommy UK says it was fun and he hopes it happens again.
Nancy says people really like the part where the bug things went down in flames. They were so scared until then. “The Dream” has sold a lot of coffee.
Some people are afraid to go to sleep at night.”The Dream” , however, has not returned. People are back to your ordinary, run of the mill, nightmares. You know like falling down stairs, or being chased by terrible things that want to eat you.
Petrovich has gone back to his books looking for a dribblet about group dreams.
The dragon, our hero, hasn’t been seen since the dream.

Today's Link-Marvin Martin- An interesting video- Leave a Dr. John in the comment.
It was one of those days. I called the DR's Office at 8:00 they told me I need to come in and get another blood test because my potassium was low. But we had to wait until the refrigerator repairman came. Then he called and canceled. We went to the clinic or whatever they call it. I had the blood drawn but then was told I had to wait until the Dr. saw the results. So we sat and sat and sat and sat. HE gave me a prescription for Potassium pills and an appointment for next week. It was after 2:00 when we came home. I did a little blogging. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Tommy UK has the right attitude.

5:02 AM  
Blogger Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

The answer is Jesus.

Always has been, always will be.

Sometimes people forget that.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...


8:25 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

A lot of Churches have turned away from God and his teachings. Give me a church that is not afraid to preach the truth and that Praises Jesus.

8:47 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

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9:02 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

Misspelled on my first attempt - here is my question: "has 'the chair' been visiting the anglican bishops? It certainly sounds familiar!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

That was really interesting. I agree with the old fart. Again, another post that had me riveted and left me thinking...

9:44 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Sounds a little why Martin Luther did what he did and why the Episcopal church broke from the Catholics and why some Baptists can't dance or drink. They seem to forget the main purpose of why we worship.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I don't think I would like the Umbrella church.

Through the years I've found that churches each offer different disclipines and points of focus.

A good thing, for maybe He didn't intend for church to be a SuperWalmart. Offering something for everyone but not having room to offer everything for one certain need.

Instead wishing to micro-manage our needs like going to a Hardware store for tools, Supermarket for Grocery's, Drugstore for prescriptions and a Restaurant for a nice meal.

Take Noah for example, he would have needed to attend the Home Depot services to get the focus, plans, materials and expertise for his project.

He couldn't have found everything he needed if he went to a convenience store instead.

That's why I think we have so many churches. And it's a good thing.

11:23 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Dr John,
I no longer think that its a matter of them thinking they are Right (or have god on their side).

It's a matter of I'm In A Play
and I'm gonna play it this way.

But hell, isn't that what we are all trying to do with our lives, in our own peculiar way!

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Marvin Martian said...

Thanks for the link. I have placed a link for your blog on my blog as well.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I hope the dragon doesn't show up in my classroom. The o=poltergeist is there. I don't for the life of me know how he got there from all the way in Pidgeon Falls, though, so perhaps it's his brother.

5:47 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

There will always be tension between the "organism" and "organization" of "the church." It becomes even more complicated when "growth" in the organism is achieved by merging organizations (or swapping players) rather than making new disciples as originally "commissioned." Did that make sense?
Great post!

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too much going on with the chair, the focus needs to be with the one who created us and died for us. I do see your point though.

Hey, I hope you start to feel better. Potassium for you, Iron for me...maybe one day we will feel all peachy and wonderful, huh?

Blessings to you Dr. John, so glad to see you are back.

7:28 PM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Umbrella church, huh?

I don't know if that's something I would be a part of..

Sounds a little like.. they lost their way or something..

8:50 PM  

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