When I was in high school I would swing by McDonalds for breakfast almost every morning. I usually bypassed the drive through because my grandfather was always inside. Always.
Granna would fix him fried eggs. sausage and a glass of orange juice for breakfast. Then, on his way to work (a tobacco farmer and painter; thus, no health risk for a high cholesterol diet), he would stop and get a cup of coffee at McDonalds, which, with the senior discount, only cost him twenty-five cents. That’s where I would see him, sitting in the same corner booth, surrounded by his friends. Nearly. Every. Morning. Over the years I’ve discovered why this is such a lasting memory: Grandy showed me that community necessitates physical presence.
I was thinking about Grandy, who passed away years ago, when I read this from Sherry Turkle in Alone Together. “Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies.” With only a high school education, Grandy probably wouldn’t understand the proposal, but if he did, he would say, “No, it fails miserably.” Trust me, he had the credibility to object.
For as long as I can remember, if you had asked me, “What is your vocational dream?” I would have answered, “To plant a church in the city of Houston.” Lurking underneath that persistent desire though has always been an encroaching fear. And this fear could be summarized in the phrase, “All by myself.”
Enter God’s surprising and magnificent grace in the form of my close friend, Leo Schuster, who returned to Houston with a call to plant City Church and the kindness to bring me on to help him. The most delightful thing about our journey so far has been experiencing the sheer privilege of doing what I’ve always wanted to do with a close friend. Coming in at a close second is the incredible news we announced last Sunday night at St. Arnold Brewing Company - that we will launch City Church on August 23rd at the HOUSE OF BLUES!!!
At City Church, we believe all human beings flourish in a community of transparent love. Leo and I believe the extent to which we live out this value together in our friendship, we will also experience it more deeply as a family.