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

No enemy lines

I hate you.  Three words that we do not expect to hear from a Christian and certainly not from the pulpit.  This is why we use other words to cover them up.  Because it doesn’t sound good.  And it’s not a good look for those who would profess to be in relationship with the God… Continue reading No enemy lines

Christian community, Church Identity, Church Unity

The Perfect Church?

Nobody's perfect.  No church, no body of believers is perfect.  "How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity" but also, how hard (Psalm 133.1).  The church has never been picture perfect; there has always been a problem getting all believers in the same room for a single shot or… Continue reading The Perfect Church?

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.

Church Identity, The Spiritual Life

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s reminder of real life together

In light of the most recent events, more police shootings, more protests and more calls for resignations, I needed Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer's words from his book Life Together: “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers… Continue reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s reminder of real life together