My German friend Andreas says he's angry about 'church 0.5' and can't stand 'nice' church services anymore. I can sympathize with that. When you've experienced God at work in all sorts of contexts and live beyond the reality of the average-sized church box, there's no way you can ever be satisfied with church as we know it (church 1.0), let alone a shallow or slightly improved version of it (church 0.5 or 1.5). You yearn for church 2.0 and pursue this reality whatever it takes. Andreas also quotes an observation that Alan Hirsch shared with us last week after his visit to Norway:
"I'm worried about the lack of fire in the young people I met. The lack of youthful rebellion is worrying! All revolutions are fired up by young people. If the young are 'nice' something is wrong."
When I shared this with Niina, who visited us last week, she said: "Oh that's typical for Scandinavia. It's the Jante Law. Come to Finland for an even 'nicer' version." But hey, if our Nordic friends shake off this state of slumber, watch out - the apostolic 'going where no man has gone before' comes out. Reinhold calls this the 'Viking spirit'. I don't especially like that term, as these guys ransacked Holland several times. Easy talk for Reinhold, the Vikings never made it to Switzerland on their looting trips. ;-)