Friday, June 01, 2007

grande sweetened ice coffee

Iced coffee is a wonderful thing. I am experiencing it anew this summer. I love that Starbucks has double brewed their iced coffee. When they add the ice and the ice melts, it balances out to a normal, strong cup of Starbucks coffee. Its tasty and refreshing and has a nice kick of caffeine to keep you going.

It kind of reminds me of how we are trying to do church at Horizon. The content is the same but the form has changed. The strong black coffee of the gospel is still the main ingredient of our community. But we won't burn your mouth if you drink us too quickly. You don't have to carefully sip your way into our community. You can hold us without a cardboard sleeve and gulp us down right from the beginning.

Maybe Jesus was prophetically thinking ahead to iced coffee and regular coffee when he said to the church of Laodicea, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:15-16)

May we never become the hot coffee that's gotten cool or the cold coffee that's gotten warm. Instead, may we be a comforting, soothing, hot cup of coffee on a cold and rainy afternoon. May we be a cold, refreshing iced coffee on a hot summer day. And may we always have the strong black coffee of the gospel as our main ingredient.


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