Having Fun Yet?

I love legal shows. Best yet has got to be Boston Legal on Tuesday nights at 10. “Denny Crane” is the show. At the end of last week show he made a statement that made me think? “It’s fun being me,… is it fun being you?” Great question? Well, is it fun being you? If not, why? What do you need to stop doing to answer in the affirmative? Better yet what might you need to start doing?

Are You Ruined?

Have you looked at www.relevantmagazine.com? It’s time well spent if you like to read break the stereotypes and challenge the status-quo stuff. Writer Brian Orme, in Ruined, states; In the book Dangerous Wonder Mike Yacconelli writes, “I’m ready for a Christianity that ruins my life, that captures my heart and makes me uncomfortable.” At times, we all need to be ruined; we need to let God disrupt our lives—taking us to a place of absolute need. Following Jesus was never meant to be the safe alternative to an unpredictable life; following Jesus is inherently life-altering, deconstructive and always evolving.

There is a side of Christianity that drives us to think that everything should always be “OK.” We feel like we have to keep up appearances, letting others know that God is working in our lives and things are good—even when things seem to be very, very bad. But authentic spiritual formation involves God actively tearing down the walls and ripping out the guts of our weak-minded, self-willed faith to make room for something incredibly powerful, something innately beautiful and something completely other. This deconstructive process occurs through our weaknesses; in our vulnerability and nakedness God is given a broken pathway to reconstruct an authentic spiritual work in our lives.

Ready to make the change?

What is the purpose of the Church?

We must recapture and define it now. Carl George makes some cool remarks on the subject.

Recapturing the purpose is worth the interruption to the familiar routines!

We quickly forget that the felt needs of our “customers” are in a constant state of flux. We can overlook the fact that each new day ushers in a slightly different set of circumstances. We sometimes neglect the long-range implications of not keeping abreast with the present. Instead, we often persevere in the comfortable habits to which we’ve grown accustomed.

What does our life-style say about our openness to change? Are we willing to face the reality that people, even spiritually hungry individuals, are passing us by as they walk down the street of life? Are we inclined to ask why, knowing that our blind spots might figure into the explanation?

We need to take a fresh look at what God has called us to be. we need a way of measuring our health and effectiveness. And we need a readiness to induce changes that are needed.

I believe that the choices challenging christians today are so great that, for many local churches, their very existence is, or will so be, at stake.

What do you believe?

An Audience of ONE!

Just finished going over my thoughts for Sunday morning. Here is a few quotes:

Martin Luther King wrote: “in those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”

President Harry Truman said,“I wonder how far Moses would have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt”

Looking forward to sharing this message.