Rodd Jefferson has this idea that church is like a jazz gig. I reviewed each of his six reasons with the accompanying rationale. As a jazz lover, I cringed when he said that jazz is a dying trade and wanted to dispute the whole thing… but sadly, I can’t. When compared with the church, his thesis becomes all the more poignant, and this is the point that ultimately convinces me that he is right after all.
I still find myself wanting to stipulate that the emerging church is going to be like jazz too — but in all the right ways this time. Maybe jazz being for the player could mean once more that we’re all missional, we’re all participants. Yeah, that would work… maybe the missional church could really be the Birth of the Cool.