I migrated because I literally moved from the Seattle-Redmond area to N. Cal, which is like moving from the land that Bill G built, into the world that Steve J built.
I migrated partly out of frustration with Microsoft products, and partly out of admiration for the iPods I have enjoyed, and partly to follow the Apostle Paul’s adage to “be all things to all people.”
My migration has prompted a couple of thoughts about operating systems and my Christian faith….
Simplicity is not Simple
Following Jesus is simple. Following Jesus is hard. Most churches tend to get around this reality by adding layer upon layer of disconnected programing, kind of like Windows.
Windows is great for Geeks who like a lot of options and tweaks, but each option is like a one more pound of weight on a fat elephant.
And how about those updates and the systems crashes! If I had a Twinkie for every Microsoft update or crash, then I’d be sick of Twinkies. And I am sick of Twinkies.
Thom Rainer, in his excellent book, Simple Church, observes that Churches tend to make church-life complicated, on one hand, and churches tend to lower the bar of discipleship, on the other hand. It’s time, he says, to raise the bar of discipleship and make church simpler. Yes!
At Redwood, we’re moving into a more simple mode by focusing on three things: discipleship, mission and fellowship. And yes: it’s simple and it’s hard.
Worship of God is not done just with the ear-gate, but also involves the eye-gate. Christians in the sacramental traditions have known this for centuries. Those in the evangelical tradition lean toward word-heavy worship, and we could learn a few things from Apple about creating aesthetically pleasing environments.
The world that Steve built is fun and cool, and intuitive. And now this environment seamlessly links across my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. This functionality isn’t much beyond what RMS or Google have offered for years. For sure, Apple is later, but it’s way cooler.
Caveat: Sometimes faith is not cool. Sometimes it’s hard, messy, even bloody. But beyond the cross lies an open grave that opens an operating system not of bits and bytes, but of love and life.
That’s the world Jesus built. And it’s still being built.