Today I started my Pre-MA reading Continue reading Pre-MA Reading
Here is a super challenging quote from Ligon Duncan on the importance of worshipping the God who has self-disclosed his nature in scripture and not to be crafted in our own imagination. “Still, we may venture that the greatest violations of this in our time are nonvisual, but rather mental and volitional. When people says things like, “Well, I know the Bible says that, but … Continue reading “… but I like to think of God as…”
READ “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:15-16 “Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with … Continue reading ACTS 22: NO AIRBAGS REQUIRED!
Christian ethics is not primarily an individualistic, one-on-one-with-God brand of personal holiness; rather it has to do with living the life of the Spirit in Christian community and in the world. (Gordon Fee) “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all” (1 Thess 5:14) Now you are the body of Christ and individually members … Continue reading Living Community
The following quote is fascinating and something we as contemporary churches should stop and think about… Key part of the Quote: People like ourselves who are in the process of converting their culture from word-centered to image-centered might profit by reflecting on this Mosaic injunction” Full quote “the clearest way to see through a culture is to attend to its tools for conversation. I might … Continue reading The medium is the message
“The wrath of God is the love of God in friction with injustice.” (Bruner) Continue reading Wrath IS love
READ “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. (Acts 20:7-8) THINK ‘Church is the people and not the meeting’, so the old adage goes. I guess this … Continue reading ACTS 20: DO WE REALLY NEED TO GATHER AGAIN AS A CHURCH?
Two really thought provoking quotes about the relationship between family and church life. These are taken from the excellent book You are What you Love by James K.A. Smith. “Our baptismal promises attest to the fact that “the church is our first family.” And “if the church is our first family, then our second homes should be defined by it, and our doors ought to … Continue reading Family Discipleship
This is a wonderfully thought provoking quote from James K.A. Smith’s book ‘You are what you love’: “…When you unhook worship form from mere expression, it also completely retools your understanding of repetition. If you think of worship as a bottom-up, expressive endeavor, repetition will seem insincere and inauthentic. But when you see worship as an invitation to a top-down encounter in which God is … Continue reading Three Cheers for Repetition
This is such a helpful quotation from James K.A. Smith: “Christian worship, we should recognize, is essentially a counterformation to those rival liturgies we are often immersed in, cultural practices that covertly capture our loves and longings, miscalibrating them, orienting us to rival versions of the good life. This is why worship is the heart of discipleship” (pg25) Continue reading Worship a counter-formation