From Idealization to Reality: The Church as a Body



The church is the body of Christ, not as a metaphor, but in reality. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I used to have high hopes for the church. Idealistic even. But a curious thing happened to me on the way to idealizing the church. I spent some time in it. And I became jaded. I suspect in this I am not alone.

The picture that is forming of my two-and-a-half decades of time spent with the people of God spread throughout Northern California, Southern California, the Deep South and the Great Northwest looks more like twisted burning wreckage than anything else. The wreckage has been largely relational in nature. The logical center of my soul has been pleading with me for years now to give up the ghost.

Who has the emotional reserves to stay invested in a community with so much capacity for harm? Who in their right mind would give themselves…

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John Piper about focus on sin

People were concerned about how long John Piper would spend on sin, starting at Romans 1:18 (while preaching through the book of Romans for several years).

“People who care about overcoming AIDS or cancer spend most of their time looking at AIDS and cancer.”

The Wrath of God Against Ungodliness and Unrighteousness – August 30, 1998 by John Piper – Scripture: Romans 1:18

– Topic: The Wrath of God – Series: Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written

The pneuma of change

So this is not what I expected to happen just after a month ago when I started this blog. For those not reading between the lines, it’s been a bit of a eventful couple of weeks. I’m realising that I need to refocus my life on God, again, and desiring to give all of myself over to Him, again, for His purpose, plan and desires, rather than my own, again.

As such, I’ve been re-evaluating what I’m doing on here, and what I want to do with this blog. (more…)