Spur Others On

God has given me & other Christ-followers a responsibility to each other. As part of His body we're responsible to spur each other into good works. This means I must be open to accept challenges to mature from my fellow Christ Followers. It also means that I mustn't be so caught up in myself that I don't make time to think of ways motivating others to acts of love and other good deeds. I don't get Continue Reading [...]

Pagan Christianity?: A Review

This was a book I never rushed to finish. Partly because I have been reading other books and working on my theology assignments. The other part of it is that I wanted to be careful to take as much in and reflect on some of the things put forward by Frank Viola and George Barna. It is apparent that Pagan Christianity? is well thought out, researched and crafted. It was not “slap dash” work. Frank and George do communicate a heart for the Church as God intended. It is clear they have a sound understanding of the Church and her purpose. Thus Continue Reading [...]

Not Talking To The Guy Next To Me In Church

Church, rather the worship at church, is about to start. The countdown on the large screen is ticking too slowly for me. Every ticking second is excruciating and can't pass fast enough so I can get over the awkwardness with the guy sitting next to me. We've just mumbled something to each other. Wait, did we just pretend to exchange greetings? Not really. I think we wanted to greet each other but weren't sure what made an appropriate greeting. It's the first time we've sat next to each other in church. I'm thinking, "should I take the conversation Continue Reading [...]

Church Clothes

Human standards and practices are often what get in the way from getting to God. As Christ followers we've been guilty of misrepresenting God. Often, it is not that God people aren't interested in God; it is that He is misrepresented. Take Jonah's story for example, he was sent to a particular city, a particular people by God, because He had a heart for them. Others Jonah decided to make his own call against that. He became the judge of who deserved God's message and grace. There are times I've acted same. For that, God forgive me. When Continue Reading [...]

Making Sense Of… | Jonah Notes #01

Jonah notes is about highlighting anything noteworthy fitting into the I Am Jonah theme. This is the first (hopefully of many) of summaries of things worth noting. The series will focus on things that we need to grapple with, in search for alignment with what God expects of me, of us, as Christ followers. The Meaning Of Christian Community This was a post by Joel J. Miller, author of Lifted by Angels. His post, "What does 'Christian' community mean?” raises the question of how we are to be part of the community of believers. What is Continue Reading [...]

The Church: Loving Her While Hating Her Practices

The Church is not the massive building with a steeple. Neither are the fancy theatre seats, lights, smoke and screens on the wall some think it is. Ingrid, some friends and I recently had a long talk about what the Church is and her practices. We talked for hours but there was still a lot unsaid when we stopped. The consensus, we were not happy with some of the things the Church at large did. One of the things that was easy for us to agree on at the onset of our discussion was that we loved the Church but hated some of the practices people did Continue Reading [...]