Mark tells us how Christianity started. Jesus sent out his twelve disciples in this radical itinerant ministry. He sent them into the villages and cities. They went without protection and without economic security. He gave them a message: Tell people to change the way they are living and enter the kingdom of God. This is our story and mission.
One question: What happened? Christians happened to the church. And look at us now. The church, by and large, has morphed into the proclaimer of the bad news. Some churches have become the big bad wolf, huffing and puffing and threatening to blow the house down. Our culture is greatly reduced and rendered inane. And there is a symbol of how reduced and inane we are. TWITTER! How many of you have a Twitter account? What if Twitter symbolizes the emptiness of our culture?