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Albert Einstein said, "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." I laugh when I read that. It's funny to me. But at first I wasn't sure why. Breaking it down helps me. The first part is the straight line, "Everything should be made as simple as possible." Nothing funny about that. We all nod our heads in wise agreement. We recognize it to be like K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Saints). After all who wants to make something more complicated than it needs to be? And, how many of us have watched ourselves and others do that very thing? Like when we've made a mountain out of a molehill, or had a tempest in a teapot or beat a dead horse or€¦Oops! maybe I'm making this too complicated right now! The laugh comes with the second half of the sentence, "but not simpler." That's the unexpected surprise which is at the root of most humor. But not simpler? What in the world does that mean? How many of us have thought of making something simpler than it needs to be? Well, there is a word that describes making things too simple: -oversimplification! And that word looks overly complicated! Jesus simplified things when he said, "Where two or three come together in my name there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) Some call that "simple church" as it can't get much simpler than that. Since we were little we've known that "two or three" are pretty significant sizes of groups even though they are small. As kids we would say, "two's company and three's a crowd," about the time we were ready to kick the third person out of our play circle, or they were getting ready to kick us out! In light of Jesus' two or three principle, church, which in the New Testament simply means assembly or gathering (ekklesia), can be occurring in its simplest form when two or more gather in his name. John White of Denver, Colorado, (www.LK10.com) is a house church coach who encourages Christians in simple church. He says we can all find a friend and have CO2 (church of two!) wherever we are. The question is, do we recognize this? When you are with a believing friend do you have the awareness that church is occurring? We think of going to church. Perhaps we are to walk more in the simplicity of being the church two-gether. Einstein said make things "as simple as possible, but not simpler." The "simpler" of church is a church of one. By definition it's too simple and isn't church. Of course, I can commune with my heart and with the Lord through the Bible, prayer, and such, but simple church involves at least one other person€"CO2! Have you been church lately? Sounds weird but it's a good question. "Have you been church?" works, once we realize that the church is us€¦two-gether, three-gether, and more-gether!
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