Gyms in the Church of Christ

I really didn’t plan on posting twice within a few hours of each other, but I will. Ok, so I just received this email that was addressed to the webmaster of I’m going to let Mike Buckley answer this guys email, because I know my response would be too much for this guy to handle. Here’s the email that I got:

I was reading your website and enjoying it until I seen you wrote you meet in the “gym” sometimes. What do you mean by gym? Churches of Christ don’t have gyms in them because that is clearly unscriptural and not acceptable in the Lords Church because the it serves no purpose to teach or edify or glorify God, I’ve heard that all my life by all Churches of Christ all over the states and have never seen any with one so I wanted to understand what you meant before I visit. Thank you

Ok, now here’s my thoughts. (I’ll admit, I haven’t studied this at all.) As you can see this guy really gets hung up on the word gym. I don’t know if he envisions us playing a nice round of 21 while we’re waiting for the communion tray to reach us or what! Is he correct in saying that a gym is clearly unscriptural? I guess so, if unscriptural means that its not mentioned in scripture. (If it is, please point me too it). Other unscriptural items could include: microphones, air conditioners, and I think, even baptistries. (Cause aren’t most baptisms recorded as being in a river?) He also goes onto to say that its not acceptable because it serves no purpose to teach or edify or glorify God. WHAT!?!?!! Many good things can happen in a gym that can glorify God. Many of you know that Mike Buckley became a Christian because of the influence of the guys on his Intramural Basketball team when he was in college. Can’t the same lesson that was given in the auditorium be given in the gym and still have the same affect God had intended for it to have? Does the building itself even really matter? The church are those that belong to God. This guy may be surprised just who all that includes.

This guy also says that he hasn’t heard or seen any Church of Christ with a gym in it. To this, I would say, just how many Churches of Christ has he been to? Even Washington Street (in Fayetteville, a really conservative church) had a gym built when they were doing work on the building. I can think of many number of Churches of Christ that have a gym. Even some of the smaller churches I’ve seen (less than 100 members) may still have a basketball goal outside the church. Not every church needs to have a gym. Laurel is a large congregation and a gym is of a great benefit to the church and the community.

To this guy, I would like to say he needs to understand a lot more if attending a church that has a gym bothers him. There are other churches in the Knoxville area that are probably better suited for him. Sometimes I really wish we could just drop the “of Christ” off our name and just be The Laurel Church. (Cause really, doesn’t most of the Churches belong to Christ anyways?) I am not proud to say that I am a member of a Church of Christ. I am proud (maybe proud isn’t the best word, but you know what I mean) to belong to God.

I wonder what he was taught on kitchens?

God Loves You!

Weekend Wrapup

Ok, so thanks to some pretty severe thunderstorms, none of the camping outings took place. We had planned a camping trip in Elkmont and the CSC had a leadership camping trip planned in Norris. With my Friday night now free, I called Todd to see what his alternate plans were. We (some of the core of the CSC) meet over at Todd’s place for burgers, hot dogs, brownies and a discussion of this year and plans for next. Having been around the CSC for over 8 years, I’ve seen and heard a lot of the same suggestions. After a while, I had stopped going to these. It almost always boils down to this… We have lots of good things we would like to do, but not enough time to do it in and not enough people dedicated to make sure it gets done. I didn’t get home until roughly 3:00 AM. Most of y’all already know that is WAY past my bedtime.

I was expecting a call from Michele on Saturday morning around 7:00. Since we didn’t go camping the night before, we had still talked about going on the hike we had planned for that day. I was relieved when she called and said she wasn’t coming down until later. This gave me time to sleep in a little bit more and get some of the stuff done that I needed to get done. So we meet up with Bryan, Meredith, and Robert to bike the 11 mile Cades Cove loop. Michele and I had managed to get ahead of Bryan and Meredith. Most of the time, Robert was with Michele and I. It made me realize I need to get my bike at home fixed. The hamburger(s) we grilled out before hand didn’t settle very well with me, but that’s a different story. The last half of the ride was wet thanks to the rain storms that decided to roll in.

Today after church a few of us went on a Wildflower hike at Porter’s Creek. Doug and Glo Woodall, Melinda Connell, Dan Watkins, Sarah Meyer, Audrey Haywood and I (the van driver) went on this hike. Nancy Prosser had organized it and got permission for us to use the church van, but backed out because she thought the weather would be bad. It was a little cold, but it was a good day for it. Audrey and I pretty much trail blazed our way to Fern Branch Falls. Dan and Sarah were shortly behind us. The rest of the group were the wildflower lookers. One day I’ll probably go to look just at the wildflowers, but I like hiking because its good exercise and the conversations on the trail.

Audrey crossing a log at Fern Branch Falls