From the Manhattan Declaration: "Christians are heirs of a 2,000-year tradition of proclaiming God‚Äôs word, seeking justice in our societies, resisting tyranny, and reaching out with compassion to the poor, oppressed and suffering. While fully acknowledging the imperfections and shortcomings of Christian institutions and communities in all ages, we claim the heritage of those Christians Read more about Loved this synopsis of Christian involvement in the greater good…[…]
Is it real or is it satire? Hard to say… and THAT'S probably the saddest part. (Hint: It's not real, but still…)
A good and frustrating (and so maybe good) night for me last night.
Sunday nights tend to be harder for me as the day is so long. I'm usually at it pretty early, refining my sermon or working on last minute details. And If I've preached, then done something like lead a new people's group, there's not a whole lot left in the tank for Sunday evening. But yesterday I wasn't preaching at our 3rd/evening gathering, so it was a little less of an issue.
First, the good. Last night I kept Jack, our 5 year old with me in the gathering the whole time. He did (mostly) great. We could probably think of it in terms of thirds. The first third he was excited to be with us (the cookie I promised him helped), he actually read the words and sang aloud (loudly! No discernible tune!) to the first song. And THAT was the highlight of my evening. Seeing Jack engage in what we were doing was wonderful for me- it's not an exaggeration (though maybe an overly-flowery way of saying it) to say my heart swelled with joy to see my son worshiping Jesus.
Probably the highlight of my week.
Of course, the second third where I was just trying to keep him quiet and the last third where he was almost in tears and saying "I hate it in here!" were a little different story, but… baby steps!
But that wasn't the frustration.
I heard someone say today "Pastors often lose sight of who they are." I think to some extent that may be true- especially for those of us who tend towards the co-dependant. Being driven more by who we feel others want us to be. But I think it might be more precise to say we Read more about Who we are becoming… accidentally[…]
It's really difficult for me not to come out swinging when a book I've been promised deals with real questions in an even handed manner begins with breathless statements like "Today a new community of the people of God has begun… A change is occurring in the Christian church the likes of which has not Read more about Review: Sim Church pt 1[…]
… but I'm in it. Brick-and-Mortar Pastor Defends Virtual Church as Real By Lillian Kwon|Christian Post Reporter E-mail Print RSS Share Text The Christian church is engaging far less than 1 percent of the 70 million people who are active in the virtual world. This means the virtual world is by far the largest unreached people Read more about I don’t know what the Christian Post is…[…]