What Does Your Church Smell Like?

Alcohol

Alcohol! by Lynda Giddens on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Yes, really. Peyton Jones writes:

When the churches I plant are most effectively reaching their community, Sunday mornings smell like alcohol. Lesbians sit in our midst holding hands. There are signs of poverty and substance withdrawal.

He writes movingly about the level of unconditional acceptance and grace that mission-minded churches need to demonstrate. Whatever your ethical convictions on issues of sexuality, read his moving and challenging article, The Gospel In An LGBT World.

So – what do our churches smell like? As antiseptic as a Pharisee, or as pungent as a sinner seeking grace?

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