Phil Nellis has an interesting post here about how ideas have left being in the context of relationship. This is really interesting, you need to read it. It’s only a short post.
All dogs go to heaven. But not homosexuals. Or divorced people. Or people who masturbate. Read more here…
I have just joined a new website network called the Daily Scribe. It is a collection of religious blogs from all over the world. It seems so far also like a good mix of voices. It is quite organized and is set up with featured posts and all kinds of other cool tools and features.
One of the featured posts on the Daily Scribe is a post about the idea of evil. Read it here. It is really well written.
Ryan Bolger has a great post on why we shouldn’t do church for people.
A missional congregation connects with those outside the faith by, well, connecting with those outside of the community in their world. Connecting happens not in a ‘come to us’ CHURCH service, but through ‘go and dwell’ church SERVICE, i.e. service in the community — living alternative lives.
A focus on the service as connecting point perpetuates the sacred/secular split of modernity. When the bulk of the community’s energy goes to maintaining a church service, it implies that the church service is more holy, more important, more worthy of our time than the everyday practice of our spirituality.
A focus on the service as connecting point perpetuates the clergy/laity split — there are those who ‘do’ ministry for everyone else. Instead, the role of the leaders is to facilitate the worship expression of the community as a whole.
A focus on the service as connecting point perpetuates the producer/consumer form of spirituality — those on paid or volunteer staff produce spiritual products for passive spectators to consume. Instead, the church must create a context for the community production of worship — we consume as we produce…
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