Ideas matter

Healthy churches are no accident. Paul knew this. In his letter to the Ephesian church the apostle guided them toward growing up into Christ. What he prescribed would produce a church being built up in love.

Later in his pastoral letter of 1 Timothy, Paul counseled Timothy to take strong action in order that the church might be a thriving community of love. In both cases, Paul’s prescription for spiritual health involved ideas. Ideas matter. Continue reading “Ideas matter”

Prayer of Francis of Assisi

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10).

One of the church’s most serious diseases is the idea that it is the church’s job to “serve me.” How often have I heard someone say, “I’m leaving that church. It just never fulfilled my needs.”

Instead of seeing the church as the channel to be served, why don’t we look on the church as the conduit to serve others? Continue reading “Prayer of Francis of Assisi”