Those grand and glorious cathedrals built in the Middle Ages may have something to teach us about the way we live the Christian life today. The medieval church ministered to a culture that had no direct, personal access to the Scriptures in their own language. The church leaders of that era were faced with the … Continue reading We Need More Cruciform Churches
Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, three-in-one God, one God in three persons . . . You are the original relationship. You are the original God-centered, others-oriented community. You are the MODEL for the unity of Your Church. Our Lord Jesus prayed that we would live in holy relationship with one another, even as You live as a holy relationship. … Continue reading A Prayer For Christian Unity
A couple of years ago one of our churches here in town was renovating their worship area to make room for more seating. I was there for a meeting during that time and was drawn to this sign posted in the hallway: "Trinity Presbyterian Church - Excuse the mess while renovations are under way." A sign like … Continue reading Excuse the Mess . . . Renovations Underway
Here's the old thought that was confirmed in a new way in this passage: today's churches are too often willing to sacrifice community for "the ministry." The modern American church is gifted, no doubt, but we're not good at relationships. We are in danger of spending lots of time and effort creating and designing programs that run well leaving little time or energy to disciple people who relate well. But no matter how "quality" the ministry is, if the quality of our relationships with one another is weak, the "ministry" will eventually collapse or cave in.