Posts tagged ‘Denominations’

May 18, 2011

Chris Heuertz on Friendship & Denominations

by Vince

First, an interview he gave on his book Friendship at the Margins:

A brief description of the book: In our anonymous and dehumanized world, the simple practice of friendship is radically countercultural. But sometimes Christians inadvertently marginalize and objectify the very ones they most want to serve.

Chris also briefly discusses denominations and doctrine.

October 9, 2010

Let’s Rethink Church

by Vince

Dave True has some suggestions for the comfort driven church:

It is less clear, however, that congregations are nurtured to think about the church’s identity in relation to God. Without a clear theological identity, the church is left to battle over conflicting agendas, ideals, and aspirations. Too often, congregations seem like split personalities, lurching back and forth from one extreme to the other, a spa for spiritual clients versus a gymnasium for spiritual athletes.

Whatever one’s vision of the church, the question remains whether the pastor can lead his or her congregation to embrace this same vision as their own. Unlike Moses, American pastors long ago ceased being able to command their parishioners. They operate instead by consensus, more like politicans than prophets. No one wants to return to the days of compulsion, but building and maintaining consensus is no picnic either, especially when a congregation lacks a unifying vision of what the church is. The question, then, is what is the church to be, a hospital for sinners, a gymnasium for saints, or some third thing?

Dave emphasizes the long process this way of being requires. “It can’t be checked off at the end of the week” but in my opinion is a lifestyle that in a community helps if we come authentically yet as ourselves. So we are left to wonder, and to look at our church and or the ones around, if they are acting as gymnasiums for play, growth, and recreation, or as hospitals to heal, mend, and care for all?