I recently picked up a copy of Larry Crabb’s Soul Talk: The Language God Longs for Us To Speak. On the fourth page of the first chapter Crabb unleashes this wake-up call: “Churches, by no means all but too many, have become as dangerous to the health of our soul as porn shops. People leave both superficially titillated and deeply numbed” (16).
Ouch. But is he right? I hope and pray that this description would not fit for my congregation. But I am afraid that far too often we settle for forming people to something that is far short of the kind of relationship that God wants us to have with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as well as with each other. Since seminary, I have found an increasing longing to be a force for renewal within the church and over the last few years I have come to sense that one of the ways the Spirit is working to spark such a revival is through helping people enter into deeper community with one another. Wesley beautifully described what I have in mind as “watching over one another in love.”
In the Introduction to Soul Talk, Crabb writes, “We can learn to talk with each other in ways that arouse our passion for God until it becomes the most powerful desire in our soul. How that can happen, and what needs to happen in you and me as we speak into each other’s lives, is what this book is all about” (9). I sense a real need for learning how to talk to each other about the things that really matter. I am definitely interested to see what Crabb has to say.