Sunday, March 07, 2010
The disunity in the body of Christ is not a result of a lack of theological consistency or purity. It is because we make Christianity about theology and not the Kingdom of God. This is not to say that good theology isn't important, but in our relationships with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, God can overcome theological disagreements. However, he will not make anyone want the Kingdom, and if someone desires to be a Christian without desiring the Kingdom, they will desire to make themselves the king of what they have access to. They will desire to control it, and they will not be able to fellowship with those who do not agree with them. If we start with the Kingdom, though, we can fellowship with anyone else who wants the kingdom.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Do you think it was ever far from the minds of the people people being taught by the disciples that one of the twelve had actually betrayed Jesus?
Sunday, January 31, 2010
If Christianity is really about believing in Jesus and living a good life so that we can go on to a pleasant existence in heaven rather than a painful existence in hell, then the Bible doesn't make sense.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Surely the God who created the universe, with all its diversity, would expect the people made in His image, those who are the representative Body of Jesus, to be more creative with the communal process of reconciling the world to that creative God than we are.
Instead we prefer to conform ourselves two or three well marketed ideas about what Christian community should/could look like, rather than wrestle with what it actually means to be the likeness of God. We're like a bunch of teenage kids, dressed alike, listening to the same music, quoting the same movies, and talking about how all of it helps us to express our individuality and uniqueness.
(for my faithful, patient, and encouraging friend, Judd)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I shared this thought recently with some new acquaintances:
Putting on a "great" worship service is like putting on a "great" Thanksgiving meal. You can make the food taste great, the layout can be great, the photos with family can look great...the perfect Thanksgiving. But what really matters is the issue of "do you get along with your dad?" If your family loves each other then even balogna sandwhiches on paper plates makes for a great Thanksgiving.
Interpret as you will.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
the rule of God is like a computer virus that started out as a few small lines of code hidden in a document but eventually controlled the whole network.
Monday, February 23, 2009
My comments on this conversation that was a response to this thought:
Look, I'm going to be real here, (cue lighting, side shot camera 2, sit casually on stool), I struggle with all of this.
(cut to front camera 1, pause, look at audience...er...congregation, cue camera shot of congregation, back to camera 2, begin background music) I've said this before, and I'll say it again, the last thing our disconnected culture needs is a local expression of the Body of Christ that is nothing more than representation, where strangers sit next to strangers and listen to "great" messages delivered by strangers...and yet they all feel like they "know" each other and have "fellowship" with one another. When it comes to the screen pastors and "authenticity", it's like watching American Idol and deciding that you're somehow "close" to a certain contestant.
(lights down, exit stage right, bring up music)