Church, Musings

The Dog in Church

A week ago a couple visited our church–with a dog.

They didn’t look like the “average” church family. The dog was dress nicely.

As they entered Fellowship Hall for dinner, they looked lost–unsure what to do, where to go, how to proceed. Many looked but only one helped.

An Elder stepped up, walking across the foyer and into Fellowship Hall to engage them–to demonstrate compassion.


Why, when we have been shown so much compassion, mercy, grace and acceptance do we find it so hard to reach out to those who looked lost, look hopeless–don’t dress like us, talk like us, aren’t one of us?

Why was I too busy–running “to do ministry”–to actually minister?  I didn’t see them until later on in the evening.  Had they been around?  Had I missed them?  Would I have helped them?

I praise the Lord for the example of an Elder who stopped and showed compassion.

Will I respond appropriately next time?

A former student of mine posted a wonderfully convicting account today about a similar encounter.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

2 Comments on “The Dog in Church

  1. Compassion–always one of my weak points.

    Emerging but not emergent, from what I currently understand of the “conversation.” (Difference between methodology and theology)

    And to balance both my new found compassion and emerging perspective, wait for my post entitled, The Church, Theology and the ETS President’s conversion to RCC.

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