“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken…”
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. -Ed Cunningham
It has been estimated that somewhere around 95% of Western churches primarily operate on the principle of “come inside and see what were doing.” Other ways of describing this might include “come in here” or “let’s put on a fantastic and entertaining service so that people want to come back again.” This “attractional model” of … Continue reading Incarnational church
Many churches…come dangerously close to reducing Christianity to a commodity that can be packaged, marketed and sold. Instead of cultivating a deep, holistic diet discipleship that touches every aspect of our lives, we’ve confined the life of faith to Sunday mornings, where it can be kept safe and predictable, or to a “personal relationship with … Continue reading Consumer faith
The people of God are at the heart of God’s mission for reconciling creation. In the Western world where individualism reigns supreme, there is unfamiliarity, awkwardness and even slowness in our calling to live as a community of God’s people. We are so accustomed to living and acting as autonomous individuals that the idea of … Continue reading Minimize the risk
Patient, anxious to see the whole picture, God lets us seeping slowly, quietly. The church [has] to learn how to wait. Pope Francis Waiting. That’s so….un-American….un-modern…un-fun. Nobody likes to wait. The well-known phrase “I want this yesterday” (and other variations of the sort) point out the extreme value we place on the now, the fast, … Continue reading Wait…be still
Much of North American Christianity has celebrated the words of those who proclaim the gospel. But the Bible says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim good news.” Yes, their words are good. But here are…some beautiful feet. ~Slow Church, Smith and Pattison Originally posted 2016-01-11 02:54:01.
Abide with me; fast falls theeventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness. Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I … Continue reading Abide in Me
Many churches…come dangerously close to reducing Christianity to a commodity that can be packaged, marketed and sold. Instead of cultivating a deep, holistic discipleship that touches every aspect of our lives, we’ve confined the life of faith to Sunday mornings, where it can be kept safe and predictable, or to a “personal relationship with Christ” … Continue reading Fast and Slow
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”― Dr. Seuss It’s so easy to look my children and be sad because what once was is no longer all the while forgetting the joy of what is to come. Originally posted 2015-10-11 04:29:37.