My Californian wife used to attend the CC youth events on Saturday nights in Costa Mesa. Great times!
Chuck Smith is well known for being one of the key leaders behind the Jesus Movement in the 60’s. I continue to be motivated by the story of his clash with his traditional church that didn’t want bare-foot hippies walking on their new carpet. Chuck insisted they come in and worship, barefoot and all. He also allowed a new form of music to influence the worship. He allowed long-haired evangelists like Lonnie Frisbee to speak out in their own language. That decision was a milestone in Calvary Chapel’s history, enabling a huge movement of Jesus freaks to enter the wider church and launch a music revolution.
It’s no secret that Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel has been at odds with some of the emerging church’s emphases, in particular its understanding of the last days (non-premillenial) and its usage of icons in alternative worship (too eastern). I have suggested there are some creative ways for emerging churches to stay inside the CC world and, despite a few tensions, there are many Calvary Chapels that relate with us in our global work.
Pray for Chuck. He is a great man and still has plenty to give. God give him more miles. And listen in on Thursday Jan 5th when Greg Laurie interviews Chuck Smith.