If you don’t know my name is Jeremy Barry Randall.
I’m 4 months off turning 26.
Born and raised in the capital city of Australia – Canberra. 340,000 people.
I grew up the second son, third child of Stephen Richard and Willie Allie Randall, pastors of a church for 30 years.
I saw many weird and wonderful people come through our doors, stay at our house, eat dinner with us, just be around us.
I love community. I love people, I love how freaky weird they are and I love how passionate and individual Gods love is for us. I’m slowly learning that God has great plans for all of us. Great plans that we have to risk certain normalcy to accomplish. But in Gods eyes these risks are the normal. They are the things we’ve been created for.
I just recently went on missions trips to Ukraine and India and something clicked in me to make me write.
I have had a unique view of community in many ways and because of my church history I have had unique views of the church. The origins of this project lay in this:
in India cows are treated like gods. They were transport for the gods so they are treated with a strange respect. Where when you build a house the first visitor must be a cow to bless it. You cant hit cows on the road although it would be easy to do. And cows are just free to roam the streets.
So you have these god like creatures roaming the streets and not being looked after at all so they just eat trash. They eat whatever they can find. And just munch on plastic bags. And to me that seems disrespectful. If they are really godly wouldn’t you put them all up in a five star hotel and feed them only the best??
And then I started thinking about church. The community God invited into his family. We too, milk church in the morning. And respectfully let it into our homes when we build them. But then outside of these times a lot of the time we just let the cow roam and eat trash.
So I thought id explore the communities I find myself in and see if they could apply to making church less of a cow that eats trash. And more of a place that uses the space god has given us to make space for other people and jesus. We as humans are good at making agendas but how good are we at letting god set the agendas of our lives and churches.
I want this to be a dialogue with brothers and sisters world wide, in love, in submission. I want to learn and process with others what church could be and how we get it there more then just who is wrong or right.
I love the bride, I love the body, I love the house and i want us to enjoy it and eat and drink deeply of the heavenly realities that paul talks about whilst bringing the kingdom to earth.
Don’t Eat Trash