Christian community, Church Identity, Church Unity, Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, The Spiritual Life

Lovers or Liars?

I recently completed my final report for the Louisville Institute.  These generous partners in ministry awarded me a grant to study the sociopolitical construct of race, Clarence Jordan's Koinonia Farm and why persons fear Christian community.  I visited Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia.  It was Clarence's "demonstration plot."  He would create his own world, challenging… Continue reading Lovers or Liars?

Christian community

Books for lovers of community

“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” | First Corinthians 10.24, ESV Put down your phone and pick up a book. Yes, I am a purist who still believes in turning actual pages.  I’m showing my age in this digital world. I know that they are bulky but evangelism,… Continue reading Books for lovers of community

Christian community, Church Identity, Church Unity, Cross- cultural relationships, discipleship, Race

We can’t leave the ministry of reconciliation

It is so tempting to close ourselves off after deep wounding, after failed attempts to come together as people of faith.  We might ask ourselves, "Why isn't this working out?"  Still, we must believe that God is at work, that while we want to throw our hands up in despair, God's hands are still in.  All… Continue reading We can’t leave the ministry of reconciliation

Cross- cultural relationships, discipleship, Diversity, Fear, Immigration

Not even close

"The work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross was not only to bring us back into fellowship with God, but also into fellowship with one another.  Indeed, it cannot do one without the other.  If we have not been brought into vital fellowship with our brother, it is proof to that extent we… Continue reading Not even close

Christian community, Church Identity, Church Unity

In search of Christian community: What happened to our life together?

This is not what I had in mind.  When I became a Christian, I though that I joined a family, that we all loved each other.  Have you ever tried to get all the Christians in a room?  I thought we were a body.  But, not just any body-- Christ's.  Far from his truth, we… Continue reading In search of Christian community: What happened to our life together?

Christian community, Church Identity, Church Unity, Cross- cultural relationships, discipleship

Who is my neighbor?

The early Church shared all things in common; but, the Church in North America remains stingy and divided, only willing to see our differences (Acts 2.44).  One community: in Christ.  One confession: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4.5).  Still, the divisions seem to intensify as the Bible is politicized and the people we… Continue reading Who is my neighbor?

Calling, Christian community

Called to Community

"13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the… Continue reading Called to Community