Day: February 21, 2009

Is church membership an outdated concept?

A pastor of a large and dynamic congregation recently told me that church membership was for his congregation a “largely outdated concept.” The church, he suggested, had become a more fluid place, where lifelong commitment to a specific body of believers was not central. He was convinced that the church could be a loving, vibrant, whole community without an emphasis on membership.

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What’s Jesus got to do with it?

The ad states: “Suppose you spent $1 million every single day starting from the day Jesus was born — and kept spending through today. A million dollars a day for more than 2,000 years. You would still have spent less money than Congress just did.” To which the response can only be,: And your point is?

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I am not my illness

The point at which I changed from interested person trying to discover what was going wrong to “sick person” was when I went into the hospital and they put a hospital gown on me. It was then I identified as “sick person.” I fell into a category with a variety of statistics piling up to affirm that identity.

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Beholding God’s glory

Almighty God, dwelling in the beauty of holiness, from whom all skills of mind, hand and tongue do come; may those who give their lives to the creation of beauty be surprised by the joy of discovering your presence in your world,

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