As I watch the opening ceremony for the Olympics, I am absolutely impressed with the visual display of Russian history. It is amazing.

However, as amazing as it is, it is done in a language I can not understand. In fact, the American commentators have said a few times, "This may not make sense to many of us, but it makes sense and is incredibly meaningful to those who live here."

I think of Meadow and how we must work hard at not using verbiage or having expectations that are known and familiar to us but are foreign to those who come for the first time - especially those coming who have little or no church background. We cannot have "insider" language that is understood only by those of us who regularly attend.

Let's make sure first time guests don't need an interpreter to understand our music and message. Let's make sure people leaving Meadow are not saying, "It was amazing, but I didn't understand it." Let's do everything possible to make sure they say, "It was amazing and refreshing and I can't wait to come back!"

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
— 1 Corinthians 9:19-23