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Sometimes You Have To Tear A Hole In A Roof

I was speaking with someone recently about church.  The details don’t matter, but hey were much more interested in being in a traditional church than me.  They seem to like churches with choirs and many of the trappings of what they grew up with.

Me?  Not so much.  My church is not traditional in any sense, other than the traditions we begin ourselves.  We have no choir, except for once a year at Christmas.  No service is identical to the other and  you never know quite what to expect from Sunday to Sunday.

Guess what?  Neither one is superior to the other.  There are churches for both sorts of people.  What I have learned from all of my time in church, though, is that sometimes you have to tear a hole in a roof.


You know the story, right?  If not, read Mark chapter 2.  Go ahead.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you.

Ok, now here’s the story.  Jesus is hanging out in a home.  The crowds are gathered and He’s preaching up a storm.  Some guys have heard about Him and His exploits.  They believe that Jesus can heal their buddy who happens to be paralyzed.  So they set out to take their friend to Jesus so he can be healed.

They get there and run into such a crowd that they can’t get through to see Jesus.  They know Jesus is in there, but the house is so full it’s impossible to get to Him.  They could have turned around and gone home.  They could have given up.  They could have given up.  But that’s not what they did.

Instead, they climbed up on the roof.  They tore a hole in the roof and lowered their friend down for Jesus to heal.  And guess what?  Jesus healed.


Now there are all sorts of spiritual implications here, but that’s not what this post is about.  This post is about the fact that some friends through outside the box in order for things to happen.

That’s what we have to do sometimes ourselves.  It doesn’t matter if we are traditional or non-traditional.  Sometimes we have to do what we don’t normally do to make it work.

Sometimes we might have to have a choir during that one time each year.

Other times we might have to throw tradition out the window for a season or a day.

Whichever it is, sometimes we have to tear a hole in the roof.

Do you find it easy to think outside the box and do things outside the norm?

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  1. January 6, 2015 at 5:34 am

    i do tend to think outside the box at times but not just for the sake of saying, “I think outside the box.” That is worthless unless it goes somewhere and has a point.

  2. Jamie Carter
    January 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I find that the church suffers from nostalgia. The more they look to the past, the less capable they are in dealing with the present … and little thought is given to the future. Every single church in this area is traditional, hymns, choirs, organ music – they are stuck in the 1950s box and they have lost everyone else. As a member of the millennials, I can’t stand church but I don’t have a choice.

    • January 7, 2015 at 5:08 am

      I think it’s hard. Sometimes you have to slow fown what you want somyou can help speed others up.

  3. robshep
    January 6, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I do a decent job of thinking outside of the box. I really like what I heard one pastor talk about as far as box thinking. He said sometimes when you have limited resources and people outside of the box thinking doesn’t help. He challenged to take what you do have and think inside the box. If this is our situation what is the creative thing we can do with the funds and people we have. I thought that was an interesting take on it.

  4. January 6, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Interesting enough, “thinking outside the box will become a tradition give enough time”. My take, make Jesus way the tradition, dying to self will always be outside the box.

  5. Jon Stallings
    January 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I like to think outside the box but I know sometimes it is hard. In my ministry setting sometimes we have to just stick one toe out at a time to make sure the folks come a long. Most often once they get out hey like it.

    Also, I love this story about tearing a hole in the roof. Before he healed the man he forgave the man’s sins based on the faith of his four friends. – Now that is some friends we could all use.

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