Community is built into Christianity, much like smartphones are made to be hooked into the internet.
Advent, it turns out, is not about the countdown to Christmas
“If you pray for us, you will pray for the wrong things . . . “
It is easy to get used to being comfortable at church, to being ‘entertained’ in a mild sense of that word. Even though we might feel a little sheepish about this, it is not something we would hurry to change.
Perhaps our experience of church has not been as rich as we would hope, or maybe we just don’t even know what Christian community could be.
Sometimes (I confess) I have thought it would be nice if Christianity was more of a “civic” religion.
The pursuit of godliness is meant to be done with others with sincere and active faith.
The biblical metaphor of the church as a ‘bride’ is a rather awkward one… However, the thing about metaphors is that they are used to highlight a particular aspect of the illustration…
When I first wrote this and posted it on Facebook it created quite a stir. This illustrated two things: 1. We really do value rights more highly than responsibilities, and 2. a valid point can be destroyed by a poorly chosen illustration!
This pastoral passage was first written for LRBC on December 20 2015. For many years Christmas has not […]