We Have Not Learned Christ

It is appalling to think how few “Christians” really understand what the Christian life is all about.  Having been told that it is all about having your sins forgiven so you can go to Heaven when you die, they pretty much live like the rest of the world on any given day except Sunday.  The apostle Paul directly challenges that way of doing life.

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We May Need to Change the Label

What do you think when you hear the term “Christian”?  Do you think of someone who is “saved,” or “born again”?  Maybe you think of someone who goes to church.  The face of a relative may come to mind who you would think of as a Christian.  You may even think of yourself!  Regardless what comes to mind when you think of the word, an honest investigation will show that it has lost a good deal of its original meaning.  For the sake of effective ministry in this post-Christendom era, we may need to change the label we wear.

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Ashamed

Rachel Held Evans has definitely made her mark in the Christian blogosphere.  Edgy and brutally honest, her writing is definitely not for those who are comfortable with their religion.  While I may not always agree with her conclusions, I always appreciate her willingness to tackle the tough issues and ask the hard questions.

Recently Rachel shared a post on her blog titled Ashamed.  In it she writes about some of the things she is utterly ashamed of as she looks at what our modern version of Christianity has become.  Let me provide you with a little snippet of what she shares.

I am ashamed of the bumper stickers, the t-shirts, the logos, the fog machines, the light shows, the celebrities, and that paralyzing fear of Silence we’re so bound and determined to avoid that we keep shouting and shouting and shouting at one another till our words are just clanging cymbals echoing off church walls.

I am ashamed of the walls. They are built high, with circles of barbed wire around the top, to keep pests away from our bread and wine, to keep the Silence from getting in.

While she poignantly writes about what she is ashamed of, she is equally poignant about what she is not ashamed of.  Consider the following.

I am not ashamed that when God strapped on sandals and walked among us, God fed the hungry, wept with the mourning, touched the untouchable, turned water into wine, cracked jokes about religion, obeyed his mom, defended the defenceless, bantered with children, forgave his enemies, and reminded us that the whole point of it all is to love God and love our neighbours well.  That’s it. 

I encourage you to go and read the entire post.  And after you have read it, read it again.  I’m sure it will resonate in the heart of ever Follower who is truly seeking to live in the Reign.

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Are You a Healer?

It may seem like a gross understatement, but our world is sick on multiple levels.  Fractured relationships abound.  It doesn’t matter if you are talking about relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and employees, governments and citizens.  Relationships on every level are in a state of decline and decay.  Disease continues to run rampant.  Crime and poverty seem to be beyond resolve.  Economies are unstable, causing a general sense of unrest.  And the list goes on…and on…  Our world needs healers.  Are you one?  Have you ever thought about it?

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