In our culture, we call a group of people who care for one-another a community. Broken families, codependent relationships, and an epidemic of loneliness have created a ravenous hunger for community in this generation. This is what we long for in and outside of the church. Community has become something we consume to meet our needs, not an act of loving others.
Jamie Smith’s most recent book, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, is a more popular version of his books Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom. It removes some of the more academic conversations and distills his thesis into a two introductory chapters. But the book is not just a redo; there are new metaphors, new illustrations and he applies his thesis to the spheres of Christian worship, the home, youth ministry, and work.
Something has always puzzled me: why in the world is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” such a beloved and often sung Christmas song? Even more, why would anyone teach it or sing it to their children? The song is nothing more than fuel for good nightmares. “You better watch out. You better not cry. […]
By Andy Flowers Maybe I’m a little biased, but I think my church is awesome! It’s a place that is friendly, loving, gracious, and gospel-centered. I love being the pastor here. I love the people who faithfully attend here. I love that we can see God moving in our midst. This is a healthy, well […]
“We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. Both Scripture and experience teach that it is we, not God, who determines the degree of intimacy with Him that we enjoy.”[i] Is this true? Could J. Oswald Sanders be right? We’ve identified Three Circles of Intimacy of people who […]