Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
With a new year fast approaching, I am looking for new ideas. Initially, there were some posts and topics that provoked some discussion. As of later, however, the board has been relatively silent. I am open to hearing what you would like to discuss. If you have suggestions, please post them as a comment, or drop me an email @ ImperfectEkklesia@gmail.com.
Additionally, if you have expertise in a certain area and are interested in writing a piece for debate and/or discussion, please let me know. I would love to have some guest writers in the coming year.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wilbur Rees mused:
“I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please,
Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep
But just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the
I don’t want enough of him to make me love a [a person who is different than I] or
Pick beets with a migrant.
I want ecstasy, not transformation;
I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth.
I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack.
I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please.”
This is the attitude that many Christians have. It's an attitude that has resulted in the commonly held belief that Christians are hypocrites.
What if Christians were to quit embracing this kind of faith? What if they were willing to allow their faith to the core? What if, rather than being intellectually naive, Christians thought through and wrestled with their faith? What if, rather than blindly following the crowd, Christians took the radical nature of faith, hope, and love seriously? What if, rather than overlooking their own faults and sins, Christians set aside their castigating of homosexuals and pro-lifers- instead looking at their own tendencies to overeat, be judgmental, and apathetic? What if, rather than just talking about what God can do and how he can change peoples' lives, Christians actually joined God in his redemptive work- restoring our communities, helping people to kick the addictions that are ruining lives and marriages, etc.?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tony Morgan, a pastor, posted this on his blog this morning...
After going back and forth on this for a couple of weeks, I’ve decided to just do it. I mentioned recently that I’m not sure I like Christians. With the help of some of my friends, here are the top…
10 Reasons I Don’t Like Most Christians
- They consistently seem angry and bitter and worried. I thought Christians were supposed to reflect joy and kindness and peace.
- They don’t dream big dreams. That seems odd given the fact that we’re supposedly worshiping a God who is “able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare ask or hope.”
- They seem to worship their theology more than Jesus. For whatever reason, this appears to be especially true for folks that come from a reformed theology.
- They don’t like it when other people or ministries experience success.Think about it. There are Christians who would be overwhelmed with joy if NewSpring experienced fewer salvations, fewer baptisms and our attendance dropped.
- They use prayer as an excuse for inaction. They’re waiting for God to do his thing, but they aren’t willing to step out in faith and obedience.
- They’re more concerned with the BMW next door than the lost person who drives it. Christians hate people with money. They’re willing to sacrifice time and money for those without it, but they’re satisfied to let “rich” people go to Hell.
- They would rather people live life without Jesus than give up their personal preferences. What happens when your preferred teacher doesn’t teach? What happens when your preferred worship leader doesn’t lead? What happens when you don’t like the music?
- They are fake. They dress up a certain way on Sunday and they live as completely different people the rest of the week.
- They think they’re better than other people. That’s why they create rules to follow. It helps differentiate why they are holy while others are not.
- They’re comfortable with mediocrity. Doesn’t matter where. Think Christian music and movies. Think how we invest our time and money. You don’t seriously think God deserves our best do you?
The reality is that I’ve sinned in just about every one of these areas. It pains me to say that, but it’s true. If people hear the Gospel and reject Jesus, that’s one thing. If I’m the barrier to people accepting Christ because of me and my sin, that’s a completely different deal. Fortunately, God’s much bigger than my stupidity.
When does your humanness get in the way of people knowing the hope, forgiveness and love of Jesus? Does your life make people curious about the claims of Jesus or does it make them flee? What would you add to the list?