Zondervan Publishers has an excellent blog called Koinonia (Greek for fellowship). It is a great place to learn about new books and current trends in Christianity. Every once in awhile they provide books to be reviewed. I recently received a copy of the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. I really like it and provide some of my thoughts below: Read more…
I ran into an outspoken woman the other day who said she loved Jesus but didn’t involve herself with a body of believers on any level. I wasn’t smart enough to respond with the title of this post, but now that I have thought about it I’m ready for the next person who says they worship out in the woods and ready for the person who only flirts around the edges of a community of believers.
Bottom line: If you love Jesus you’ll love his bride and will want to get to know her as well. That means worshiping together, developing honest relationships in a smaller group, and investing in and being invested in.
Ray Pritchard (writing from China) shares about preaching in a house church on Monday here.
Here’s how he ends . . .
Sometimes you think, “I would like to see the real thing.” We saw it on Monday morning in Dalian, at a village somewhere on a dirt road, along an alleyway with trash strewn at the end, in a little building where Ginny and the faithful believers carry on the great work of our Lord.
Last week I noted that extroversion is rewarded by our culture, including modern church culture. (As I mentioned then, I’m reading this.) It’s unfortunate, because spirituality is not measured by how outwardly focused a person is. Nonetheless, extroversion seems to be the spiritual goal in many churches. Does the following list fit your experience? (You might even be able to add to the list…) Read more…
As I observe interactions among various people in a variety of settings, I am struck by how difficult it is for some people to fit. Because of some reading, I began to realize that we operate in a culture that rewards extroverts, and this culture has become part of our church culture. So I picked up Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. It’s been helpful, even for me (those who know me well know that I am an introvert). See if this statement reflects the challenges you face in an extroverted culture:
A lot of ink is spilled on the phrase “spiritual but not religious.” While this phrase is used in different ways, most people use the phrase “spiritual” to refer to their personal relationship with God and “religious” to refer to a manner of organizing or institutionalizing this relationship. The phrase sounds pious and, I believe, even contains an element with which I agree. However, overall, it is a bad way of viewing our relationship with God. Here’s why. Read more…
From Out of Ur comes some survey results regarding the purpose of the church. 1,000 people were asked, “Why does the church exist?” What’s your answer? See below to see a good quote regarding the survey results.