Monthly Archives: January 2014

“Healthy Is Scary!”

I’ve been spending the month of January posting my thoughts on community in the church. Let me share one last thought.  A few years ago I was processing some of my pastoral journey with a trusted spiritual guide. At the … Continue reading

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Impressive Or Real?

When we look for a church community, most of us look for a church that is impressive. We look for impressive parking, impressive buildings, impressive preaching and music, impressive children and youth programs. If I wasn’t a pastor, these would … Continue reading

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Being a Jesus-Sez Disciple

Take a look at this short video by Francis Chan and ask yourself, “Am I a Jesus-Sez disciple or a disciple who just memorizes the things Jesus says?”

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Come Close, Stay Away

More than anything I hear the current generation of believers longing to find community. “Community” is not only a buzzword, it’s a deep longing in believers who have been so battered and bruised by so many relationships in life. To … Continue reading

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How To Make Community Grow

It’s counter intuitive, but the richness of our experience in community with fellow believers doesn’t flow from a focus on improving everything that is lacking in that community. Increasing the richness of our community flows from thankfulness over what we’ve … Continue reading

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Thankfulness and Community

Dietrich Bonhoeffer observed another important component of Christian community. In “Life Together” he observed, “If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable … Continue reading

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Idealism Hinders Community – Part II

I think Bonhoeffer nails one of the biggest barriers to community in America when he writes, “He who loves his dream of a community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter.” We all have our high … Continue reading

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