Running out the front door he followed me to my car. Not many of the words coming from his little mouth were intelligible but one was distinct, “church.” I thought he was asking if the church was meeting that night and I said that we would get together later in the week.

A few months later his vocabulary had improved. Spying some bottles of soft drink on the kitchen cabinet he asked, “Church, can I have some of that?”

Looking at him with inquisitiveness I replied, “What’s my name?”

Without hesitation he said, “Church.”

I’ve been called a lot of things, but church is one of the most unique and I kind of like it.

One of the things we have tried to do in our simple church is to change our language about church. We are trying to replace, “We’re going to church” with “the church is meeting at David’s house” or “The church is meeting in the park.”

For too long we have thought of church as a building. We have made it some place we go on Sunday. I think it is time we recapture the concept that the followers of Jesus are the church. We are the people of God. We are the body of Christ.

Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:14-15 NIV

Waving as he came through the door the other day, Johnny looked at me said, “Hi, Church.”

I have a challenge for you. Change the way you talk about meeting with your church family. Replace “We’re going to church” with “the church is meeting at …”

Grace and Peace,


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