Kingdom Bathrooms

The Kingdom of God has bathrooms!

You may have heard that there’s this little thing called the Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC tomorrow. It’s going to be cold, and even with the 5000+ portapotties that have been set up, I’m guessing that bathroom facilities will be an issue.

In response, Capitol Hill Presbyterian, a church just two blocks from the Capitol, has decided to open its fellowship hall (for warmth) and bathroom facilities to all comers.

This takes some effort on their part. It’s going to be messy. The bathrooms will probably need a lot of cleaning afterwards. Volunteers or staff will have to be around monitoring things all day long. It’s possible that stuff will get broken or stolen.

But you know what, those bathrooms don’t belong to Capitol Hill Presbyterian. They belong to God. Those are God’s bathrooms, and my guess is that the good folks there would agree. Maybe they’ve never thought of it that way before, but I would bet they’d agree. They’re being the lamp on a lampstand that Jesus talked about. Huge props to them. So again I say…

The Kingdom of God has bathrooms!

Transition and Inauguration

No, it’s not what you’re thinking. For the past couple of weeks Dave Schmidgall and I have been transitioning into the campus pastor role at NCC’s Union Station location. Today was Chris Jarrell‘s last day there, and Dave and I handled most of the campus pastor responsibilities while Chris was preaching.

Heather Zempel wrote a post a couple of days ago about how doing church in DC’s Union Station can be interesting. Heather had this to say:

Come to the 9am service at Union Station and you might run into the naked homeless guy taking a bath at the sink. I’m not kidding. That’s what Pastor Dave encountered one morning during service set-up. Doing church in movie theaters keeps things interesting…and keeps church closer to what Jesus probably had in mind, IMHO.

Last week I took care of a dead mouse, no big deal. This week I got to peel a condom off the floor. I’d consider that my inauguration.

P.S. We’re always looking for volunteers. Let me know if you’re interested in helping out.