[originally posted at Pursuing_Truth]
'CUB's calling is to be a church to the unchurched of all socioeconomic levels and races and to serve the poor and marginalized. Ex-prisoners and food stamp recipients worship with the well-heeled and educated.' Without steeple or 'church clothes,' something genuinely New Testament happens each week in this open-air tabernacle with 18-wheelers zooming overhead and a ragtag congregation below. In this concrete wasteland, 'God is doing a new thing' (Isaiah 43:19) among the marginalized and mainstream, 'black, white, and brown; rich and poor; educated in the streets and the university.' This unusual model of church renewal has emerged as yet another evidence of God's dynamic and organic body of 'called-out ones.' Purpose driven they are, yet not from a book study or accountability group, but from an intuitive rightness that somehow guides culturally and economically diverse followers of Jesus to know it is good to be together as brothers and sisters despite the differences.