Link::Byzantine, Texas: Christendom, but why?

I’m not advocating for walled communities of Christians living in fear of the big, bad areligious soccer mom wearing yoga pants. I am saying that you cannot both live in a civilization barreling towards a societal cliff and be unwilling to point that fact out to people. You cannot look down your nose at people who want to build a network of families who pray and live together and also hold yourself blameless for where our society is headed as you sit there silently effecting no change.

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The Task of the Church

The task of the church is a modest one: to wait, pray and hope for the coming of the kingdom, to witness to and acclaim God’s redeeming and sanctifying work; but the church must never confuse its work with God’s work or its righteousness with divine righteousness. The church can create parables and signs of the kingdom, but it cannot extend or fortify the kingdom through its own power and strategy.

— Donald G. Bloesch, Jesus Christ: Savior & Lord (Westmont, IL: IVP Academic, 1997), 243.

Made for Worship?

A common trope among orthodox Christians is that we were made for the purpose of worshiping God. I’ve been thinking a lot about this and I’m sure I will write some more in the near future. I really want to dig into the Bible on this one.

But off the top of my head, the idea that we were created for worship doesn’t make a lot of sense. God has no need to be worshipped. To want to be worshipped seems like a juvenile reason to create people.

I think, rather, that worship is a natural human response to who God is, when we finally begin to grasp who he is.

I believe we are made to be partners with God in managing his creation. I guess you could say we aren’t made for worship, but we are made for discipleship.

Stop Being So Selfish and Disrespectful

Photographers, Instagrammers: Stop Being So Selfish and Disrespectful:

People now seem incapable of appreciating the scene before their eyes – thinking instead that it will be improved by them stood in the middle of the image in that straw hat and floaty dress they’ll likely return to a poor retailer later that day, all for the sake of achieving “internet fame”….

Wouldn’t it just be nice to appreciate the view?