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April 04, 2005



At this point my head is spinning with doctrine. I have been addicted to it. Waking with sweats when I'm taking time doing things other than mentally or verbally dissecting the Living Word. The dichotomy could be that simply living as Christ taught, will then be a physical doctrine that is not only heard, but witnessed and understood. I know that many are doing it, and many of those are doing it exceedingly well. I believe that I, personally, have to stop talking about being sent (examining all of the exegetical platitudes) and just enjoy the sending. It's like going up the first climb of a roller coaster: you can talk about the physics of it all you want, but when gravity takes over, talking just seems counter productive - and difficult to hear above the screaming. As the coaster is under the influence of the law of gravity, so I just want to be under the influence of the grace of Jesus...enjoying the ride of a lifetime.

I don't know if I stayed on topic or not, but this was a great purge. Thanks...

Bob Robinson

I think that maybe we define Christianity too much as "defending the Bible against heresy"--like this is the main thing we are supposed to do. I was on staff of a church that would not team with some other churches because the Senior Pastor thought "they are not in line with us theologically." I thought, "SO WHAT?!"
We can certainly be in dialogue with other Christians about what we understand the Bible to be saying about certain doctrines (and that can be done with grace, humility, and respect). But when churches or Christians no longer share together in mission and service, then those arguments have gone too far.
It's not one or the other, it's where you will focus--"away from quarrels about doctrine and/or behavior and concentrate on 'the field ripe for harvest.'"

Wes Allen

Contemplative practices have never been more desperately needed than in this "always connected" world. A good way to start getting into the mind-set of contemplation is to turn off the cell phone (say for 4 hours) each day. I don't use a cell phone, but I should do the same with e-mail. One of the things I love about our emergent-style gathering is that it teaches people to NOT HURRY. I also tell the pastors who come to a reading group with me each month to turn off their cell phones while we're together (man the looks of pain on their faces).

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