Monday, April 05, 2004

After coming home from church today, i started reflecting on what God intends for a church to be (but had to cut it short so i could help some friends paint their house (1 John.3.18). Clearly a lot of what goes on in our churches, while not necessarily wrong, at least seems different from what you'd expect from a careful reading of the New Testament.

house-church.org has their own view on what is a church? that i'd like to spend some time digesting ...


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A picture named RenovationOfTheHeart-thumb.jpgI visited a church this morning, and the pastor shared one quote from this book by best-selling author Dallas Willard that was enough to get me to go home, take it off the shelf, and start reading:

"Ultimately, our circumstances are never as important as how we respond to them"

Donna and i have been thinking for some time about character issues, and how to help people change from the inside out. Barna's surveys seem to keep proving that there isn't a lot of difference between most Christians and their neighbors: i think a major reason is that we don't see growth in character as a normative part of Christian experience, but rather an "extra" for really spiritual people. But it's clear that people don't significantly change the way they act unless change happens on the inside.


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