len on September 3rd, 2013

Chris Smith summarizes some of the arguments related in his coming book with John Pattison: Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (IVP/Praxis, Spring 2014) “When we start to think about cultivating community in our churches, one of the first steps is coming to realize the ways in which our theology has […]

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len on September 1st, 2013

In Becoming Human Jean Vanier writes, “As humans we crave belonging, we need the connectedness to others that brings security, but this connectedness can prevent the natural movement and evolution that we need in our lives. It can also get in the way of creativity and stifle the natural loneliness that pushes us to discover […]

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len on August 13th, 2013

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of both poverty and wealth is community.” -Jürgen Moltmann Wendy McCaig writes, “I get several emails a week from people wanting to meet with me to learn how their church can transition from relief based approaches to more relational ministry. They arrive with a laundry list […]

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len on August 5th, 2013

“Now the intercourse of personal beings, even on the finite and created level, is characteristically one of conversation, of the mutual communication of thought and knowledge: this is why language plays such an important part in human society. And even when two human beings achieve such a degree of union that at the points of […]

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len on July 28th, 2013

“Choice lies at the center of suburban Christianity. You can choose to go here, to this congregation, over so many other churches. One’s arrival or departure at their chosen church is of little consequence to the rewards of this choice; what matters in a consumerized, suburbanized church is that you chose it and can choose […]

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len on July 15th, 2013

Yoder writes, “What the NT is talking about wherever the theme is “breaking bread” is that people actually were sharing with one another their ordinary day-to-day material sustenance. “It is not enough to say merely that .. God or the church would have said,” Let us say that ‘bread’ stands for daily sustenance.” It is […]

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len on July 2nd, 2013

One of the best.. and most confronting.. articles I have ever read on building community is in the Summer, 2004 issue of “Cutting Edge” magazine. Reading the article helped me understand how some of my own efforts at community building have been misguided. I have often loved the ideal of community, and expected if from […]

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len on June 3rd, 2013

“In a small community on Martha’s Vineyard, every tenth person used to be born without the ability to hear. Everybody in the community, hearing and nonhearing alike, spoke a unique sign language brought from England when they immigrated to Massachusetts in 1690. In the mid-twentieth century, with increased mobility, the people ceased to intermarry and […]

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len on June 1st, 2013

At the age of 31, in 1936-37, Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned “Life Together” while leading an underground community – an underground seminary – at Finkenwalde in Nazi Germany. The work is 95 pages in length, maybe 28,000 words, and contains five chapters. 3, The Day Alone “Many people seek fellowship because they are afraid to be […]

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