Monthly Archives: April 2007

On Spirituality

“Spirituality is our union with God through our union with Jesus Christ accomplished by the power of the Spirit….Thus the spiritual life is a calling to become fully human after the likeness of Christ, who, being united to God, has shown us what humanity, united to God, was intended to be.” (Embrace p. 103)

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On Mystery

“The contemplation of God, of his person, creation, incarnation, and re-creation of the world, is a different kind of knowledge. It is a contemplation on the mysteries, namely, the mystery of God creating, the mystery of God incarnate, the mystery of the cross and empty tomb, the mystery of God’s presence in the church, and the mystery of Christ’s return to claim his lordship over creation. The contemplation of these mysteries moves us to live into these mysteries, participating in God’s life for the world.” (Embrace p. 87)

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The Younger Evangelicals

The Younger Evangelicals, another volume by Robert Webber, really challenged some of my thinking about the way we should be church instead of doing church… I don’t agree with alot of what Webber is saying, or to put it more accurately, my experience isn’t exactly what his is, but so much of what he says is really important and is worth conversation…. Thanks J.R. for the reccomendation.

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On Church Structure

“When relationships are structured on mutual servanthood and not power, the world sees a glimpse of heavenly reality where the powers have been put away and God’s shalom over the entire created order.” (Younger p.149)

“He is Lord, not only of personal salvation, but also of all relationships and structures. His lordship of structures calls us to live and work with each other by the servant leadership which Jesus modeled. He was not the CEO of his disciples; he was their servant.” (Younger p.149)

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Tullian Tchividjian on "Doing vs. Being Church"

“Our focus on doing church has certainly overshadowed the bibilical focus of being church, and this comes at a time when our culture is growing weary of slick production, while growing hungry for authentic prescence…they want engagement by the Church: engagement with historical and cultural solidity that facilitates meaningful interaction with transcendant reality.” (Younger p. 129)

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Tullian Tchividjian on "Yearning for the other"

“They are desperately reaching not just upwards but backwards. They yearn for a day gone by when things seemed more constant and less shallow. They want to tap into the treasures of the past as they search for staying power that seems unattainable in the present. They are weary of the pressure to become, while they long for the privilege to be. Therefore, they want different music (not just words but style) and different people with their sights set on a different world. They long for someone to speak to them with authority about someone other than themselves and about a time other than their own. They are not as interested in what they can become as in who they are and where they came from, historically speaking.” (Younger p. 128)

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