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

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, Devotion, Meditation

The doors of the church are open

“The doors of the church are open.”  This reminder needs to scroll below news reports of border walls constructed to protect against the “alien invasion” of our neighbor.  Because there are no illegal human beings, no one smuggled from the mind of God to earth and  our humanity requires no paperwork.  Because “the earth is… Continue reading The doors of the church are open

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

Segregated Sundays: Questioning Community

"Community life is martyrdom by fire: it means the daily sacrifice of all of our strength and all our rights, all the claims we commonly make on life and assume to be justified.  In the symbol of fire, the individual logs burn away so that, united, its glowing flames send out warmth and light and… Continue reading Segregated Sundays: Questioning Community

Christian community, Church Identity, Church Unity, Meditation

Bodywork

In 1939, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in Life Together, “Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.  The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our fellowship is in Jesus Christ… Continue reading Bodywork

Christian community, Church Identity, Cross- cultural relationships, Multicultural Church, Multicultural Ministry, Post-racial Christianity, Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Teaching Racelessness

Segregated Sundays: Genuine Community

Cross- cultural, multicultural, multiethnic or intercultural, whichever is your church's claim to inclusivity, please be sure that your invitation is sincere, that your congregation understands what these words means and what they mean for the congregation.  It's about relationship and how we relate to persons across cultures not just during Sunday morning worship but throughout the week.  Because… Continue reading Segregated Sundays: Genuine Community

Christian community

The Church is (supposed to be) a new community

The church is often not the new community that Christ died for us to live in to but organized factions working around each other and the needs that really matter.