Over at Reallivepreacher, Gordon emphasizes my point: “A church is a living organism made up of the lives of the people who are a part of the community. And the life of a church is the sum total of all their experiences over time. Thousands of Sundays, Wednesdays, ceremonies, celebrations, and tragedies make up the story of a church. If someone tries to tell that church’s story, the best he or she can do is select a few moments, like snapshots, and try to communicate a sense of its reality. But you can’t really tell the story of a church. No one can. The only thing you can do is experience a church community by being a part of it.”