Here is a great quote from Bonhoeffer's Life Together: Since the confession of sin is made in the presence of a Christian brother, the last stronghold of self-justification is abandoned. The sinner surrenders; he gives up all his evil. He gives his heart to God, and he finds the forgiveness of all his sin in … Continue reading Breaking Through
Last week while driving home, something I heard on the Christian radio station troubled me again. "You've found a place to connect." a male voice said. Don't ask me who the voice belonged to. I don't know. If I did know the name of the announcer, I probably wouldn't recognize him on the street. If … Continue reading Tuning Out Community
Paul called the church, "the pillar and foundation of the truth." As the pillar, the church holds the truth of God's word up for the world to see. As the foundation, the church gives substance to the truth of that message as we live together in loving community. So, to fulfill our function as the … Continue reading All Have Fallen
Christ said, "On this rock, I will build my church." (Matt. 16:18) Paul wrote that, "His (God's) intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord." … Continue reading Stand Up, Church
If we're working too hard to bring one person to Christ, we might have more in common with the Pharisees than with Jesus.
Christ's commands to love each other and to make disciples describe one experience that we call, "sharing life."
Here is a quote from theologian Derek Tidball on the spirituality of the cross experienced in community: We do not stand as individualists at the foot of the cross. It brings us into reconciled relationships with others and it forms a community in which we come together in the breaking of bread, serve one another … Continue reading The Cruciform Community