I have the privilege of preaching every Sunday.
It is a privilege!
After all, I get to present ideas on a wide range of topics lifted from the most popular book in the history of humankind.
That book, of course, is the Bible.
Two years ago, I was encouraged by a mentor to try preaching one Sunday without notes. I still remember shuddering when he recommended it.
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A Cross-Generational and Cross-Cultural Ministry Seeking to Discern God’s Will, Together!
When I reflect on the mistakes the modern church has and is making (and let’s face it, every church era contains numerous crippling but unintended consequences of decisions made in goodwill), two that remain prevalent are:
- Age and cultural/racial segmentation and segregation, and
- Discernment as personal and private decision making.
At Pillar, we’ve sought to reframe both of these and believe the reframe is essential to the core of any church whose desire is to become a congregation of Christ-centered spiritual formation.
Institutional church structures that allow for and encourage segmentation and segregation are deeply rooted in mainstream American life.
There are multiple (and vastly complex) reasons for the sin of segmentation and segregation, but one reason is connected to the homogenous unit principle. A principle to which I made specific reference in earlier posts.
Pillar is attempting to reverse the trend of this cultural reality by reframing the ministry of Hospitality!
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A Disruptive and Dynamic Process of Spiritual Formation: The Gospel
In last week’s post, I shared three of seven dynamic and disruptive ministry rhythms of Pillar Community Church. These three rhythms are:
- Spiritual Rhythms/Bodily Disciplines
Each of these seven rhythms constitutes a central emphasis one will likey experience in many church settings.
As such, they become central rhythms in congregational, family, and individual lives. When we soak-in these rhythms together, they then pour out all over those around us.
This week I will begin to explore a fourth rhythm that is central to Pillar.
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Disruptive and Dynamic Process of Spiritual Formation
When I awakened to and accepted this disruptive and dynamic process of spiritual formation, I then began to establish it as a solid foundation for life and ministry.
After eight years (really more) of traveling this road, I am becoming convinced that the disruptive and dynamic process of spiritual formation ought to be the mark of every ministry. Particularly any ministry desiring to seek the Kingdom of God in Christ and invite others to do the same!
I suspect that others are awakening to these realities and are looking for someone who has gone before them and can provide some guideposts along the way.
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Spiritual Formation as a Disruptive and Dynamic Journey!
God’s Kingdom has come (already begun) with the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. This is an indisputable biblical fact.
It’s also true that his kingdom rule continues to be contested! The powers that once ran and sought to ruin his good world through sin and shame continue to exert notable force.
Even as the often slow but certain Kingdom-coming continues to make its presence known!
These two realities
- That God’s reordered rule in and through His son, our Messiah, has already begun, and
- That the powers and principalities of this present age continue to resist,
have real-time consequences in this life.
A lingering consequence of these two truths is that spiritual formation is often more like a disruptive and dynamic journey, rather than a linear and progressive trajectory.
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