First, distinguish between deconstruction and reform. The church is a Christ-made institution, but it is also a sinful institution. It always needs reform. If a person’s frustration with the church arises from the biblical vision of community, that’s not deconstruction. It’s calling the church back to the gospel. More HERE. There is a deep workContinue reading “Always reforming… this should be the Church”
Some food for thought from an article in Christianity Today.
A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one. — Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian
I would love to see pastors get deeper in the Word… and for academics to quit harassing us for being too shallow.
Lord, you know I’d love to nail some radical statements to the door, but I keep hitting my thumb instead of the nail. I could use a little help here!
In Draw the Circle Mark Batterson calls for a reformation. It only takes a few people praying. A remnant that will be faithful can see God move in powerful ways. One area of reformation I believe we desperately need in the evangelical/Pentecostal church is a reformation of worship. That we get away from our “rock star” worshipContinue reading “The remnant and the reformation”
The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before the dawn, so we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism. God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation around in five minutes. Os Guinness Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/o/osguinness531245.html#7y2R0JVaseQx7uLI.99
While Wesley is not a “reformer,” he is a descendant of the Reformation, so I love to quote him:
14 Please come back, God of heavenly forces! Look down from heaven and perceive it! Attend to this vine, 15 this root that you planted with your strong hand, this son whom you secured as your very own. 16 It is burned with fire. It is chopped down. They die at the rebuke coming from you. 17 Let yourContinue reading “A Prayer for Revival and Reform”
Something rattling around in my brain lately has been the question: Do I ask for “revival” or “reformation?” Jeremiah helps me out on this one: 3 This is what the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, says: Improve your conduct and your actions, and I will dwell with you in this place.4 Don’t trust in lies: “ThisContinue reading “Revival or Reform?”