Every Member Mission
January 18, 2017

The Miracle of the Jesus Life

"It is impossible on reasonable grounds to disbelieve miracles." - Blaise Pascal “The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.” - David Hume Christianity is a miracle. Now upon hearing this, the mind might reflexively turn to the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection, as it should. Surely the empty tomb of Jesus is a miracle of mind-blowing proportion—but what I mean to speak of here is that the tomb was left empty precisely in order for Jesus to miraculously fill our hearts full with His Spirit. The empty tomb was the doorway to hearts coming alive. See, Christianity is not some method, not a technique for a good life, not merely a new moral matrix through which to engage the world; nor is it a…
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Every Member Mission
January 9, 2017

Yes, Quit Your Bible Study

Visions are dangerous things, especially when they involve the church. The German pastor and WWII martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer went so far as to say that God hates visionary dreaming, that it transforms pastors into accusers, and that any attempt to transform the church into a social movement (activism) or divide it into little Bible studies (pietism) will inevitably lead to excluding so-called insignificant people, effectively kicking Jesus out of the church. Life Together, pg. 27-28, 37-38 So in our church’s vision for “Vital comGroups” in 2017, we must tread with caution. To have no vision is to be merely blind, but we must not make an idol of our notion of community. A comGroup is a small, diverse group of people pursuing the Jesus life together. Those words are chosen very carefully. Pursuing the Jesus life is simply what the…
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