Nope. This isn't a retraction. Our last blog, “What About Tithing?”, couldn’t have received a more varied response. With over 1000 folks reading it in just a couple days, we received a lot of feedback, both public and private. We sincerely appreciated all of it, positive and negative, and we simply want to respond to some of the dialogues here.
If we are the "Body of Christ" then shouldn't we look like Him? The book of Ephesians even goes so far as to say that this body (the Church) is meant to embody the fullness of Christ—the spitting image of Jesus. So why don't we? Simply put, we need each other if we are ever going to come close to this reality!
As imitators of Jesus, we are asking ourselves, “How did Jesus live in relationship? What life patterns did He demonstrate that we can follow?”
Cater to the majority's demands and their own perceived needs, and you get to keep your audience. The problem with this thinking is that it’s too small....
A constant challenge for the Christ-follower (especially those with strong nationalistic identity) is allowing the Biblical position to directly effect every aspect our lives, including our political position.
Between associations with buildings, denominations, and rituals, it's become confusing. The question begging to be answered is "What is the church?"
It shouldn't be complicated but between associations with buildings, denominations, and rituals, it's become pretty confusing. The question behind the question begging to be answered is "What is the church?"