the random musings of will rochow

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." ~ Psalm 143:8

"You can't go back and change the beginning,
but you can start where you are and change the ending." ~ C.S. Lewis

"In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty.
In all things, charity." ~ Augustine

Rethinking Faith and Church is Will's first blog and uses the image of an upside down church. Why? There are two main reasons Will chose that image.

Upside Down Church
First, it 
represents Will's wrestling in the faith since leaving the traditional institutional form of Christianity. This was a time in which he came to realize that something was amiss in Christianity as we've come to know it. This was a time in which Will found himself re-evaluating a lot of previously dearly held doctrines; some of which he ultimately discarded, while others he embraced all the more. It was a time when everything seemed upside down in his spiritual life, and a time where he went back to what he believed were the basics of the faith; essentially a de-institutionalizing of the church in his life. Having said that, Will does not seek to dwell on what's wrong with the church, nor is he angry towards it, but rather he seeks to learn to celebrate what's right with it and to encourage others to do likewise.

Church in a Box
Secondly, this picture also represents his belief that sometimes it may be necessary to shake us all upside down a bit in order to dislodge us from our inherent lethargy and comfortable pews. This stems from Will's belief that maybe the church n
eeds to "get out there" more than it typically does. Will often muses that perhaps we have all become a little too comfortable in our institutions, forgetting that those who really need the message of the church, will likely never find themselves inside of her walls. Perhaps that is why in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), Jesus said, "GO." Go where? Go to where the people are. In other words, don't just "GO" to church and wait for them to come to you (as we often tend to do), rather "BE" the church, wherever the people are, and wherever the Spirit of God may lead you. If we really did that, we may be surprised to find out where we end up on Sunday mornings.
Rethinking Faith and Church posts are sometimes satirical, sometimes confrontational, and sometimes (some would say) bordering a little on the heretical; but hopefully they're always done in love. Ultimately they represent Will's renewed spiritual pilgrimage from outside the religious box of institutionalism, through which he would hope that we all might come to think a little deeper for ourselves on the things of the faith, and not just blindly follow the status quo. As Thomas A'Kempis is quoted to have once said, "Habit overcomes habit." Just because we've always been in the habit of doing church a certain way, doesn't mean that way is necessarily right and beyond examination, and thus Rethinking Faith and Church was born. 

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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: "In our days, to be a true Christian is really to become a scandal." - John Wesley (1703 - 1791). "There is nothing new under the sun" (Eccl. 1:9).

The Other Side of Will is Will's second blog. Why a second blog? In Will's way of thinking, there is a logical reason.

The Other Side of Will
There's an interesting passage in the Bible attributed to Solomon that says, "There is a time for everything ... [including] a time to laugh" (Ecclesiastes 3: 1,4). So, just as Dr. Jekyll had a Mr. Hyde, so too Will's rather eclectic personality includes an other side, a side that includes plenty of laughter and jokes. It is a side that he often calls his "twisted sense of humour." Since these other interests do not always lend themselves well to the overall theme of his other blog, Will decided to create this blog. Essentially The Other Side of Will is a menagerie of all non-faith related topics that interest him. The Other Side of Will is primarily about enjoying life and is generally not to be taken too seriously, as depicted by the picture above.

The source of this photo is unknown to Will, and he takes no credit for it. However, that's not to say that it doesn't have a "Will Story" attached to it. There was a time in Will's professional career in which he provided non-ambulatory transportation, mostly to wheelchair-bound seniors. When Will discovered this picture he sent it as an email attachment to his superiors stating that he had to take his vehicle out of commission for a few days for maintenance and servicing. He then mentioned that he made some alternate transportation arrangements for the interim. For the most part, the humour was well received, but there were a couple questionable glances.
However, such is the nature of humour; not everyone will appreciate our jokes. One man's humour could potentially be another man's sacrilege, and Will tries to be sensitive to that
, purposely not posting content that, while perhaps humorous in his views, may cross that line and offend another. After all, if we have deliberately offended, then we probably have also not acted with love and respect, and that would be unfortunate.
"Get busy living, or get busy dying" (Andy Dufresne, 'Shawshank Redemption'). What a classic line! 
Having said that, there is more to The Other Side of Will  than just humour. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful things in the world that interest or amuse Will which he blogs about here. Things such as his foodie experimentscraft beer discoveries, and motorcycling adventures. One such bucket list adventure was when, with friends Barny and Tim (plus an estimated 600,000+ other bikers), Will took in the Sturgis Rally in August 2009. They were even featured on How cool is that? There is even a more serious side that sneaks out as in a mini-series of posts Will shares a few lessons he learned in becoming a new grandfather for the first time.
The Other Side of Will is about life; Will's life, lived Will's way. The bottom line is best summed up in one of Will's favourite mantras: "Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life."

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POSTSCRIPT: Will has sometimes said that maybe "that was weird" needs to be on his headstone as a fitting epitaph commemorating his life. Hmm.