Weird title, I know. It comes from something I reread in Elton Trueblood’s sermon “The Discipline of Discipleship”—
“…we know that our public religious life is likely to be thin and shallow if the inner disciplines, especially those relating to prayer and to scripture, are not kept up with absolute regularity. Prayer is obviously central. Nearly all private religion is private prayer and nearly all public religion is public prayer.” (Elton Trueblood. “The Discipline of Discipleship.” The Yoke of Christ and Other Sermons. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958, p. 133.)
It is helpful to think about a healthy public expression of faith as the 10% visible expression of an iceberg. It’s only visible because of the 90% under the surface. If our faith is mostly only visible and related to gatherings, it doesn’t go very deep. A genuine public faith is based on significant invisible reality.