A Few Thoughts on the Church

17 05 2009

Here are a few things I’ve come across in the last couple of weeks/months that would seem to be connected… and need to be thought about a bit more.

  • “The Sermon [on the Mount] implies that it is as isolated individuals that we lack the ethical and theological resources to be faithful disciples.  …  The question is, What sort of community would be required to support an ethic of nonviolence, marital fidelity, forgiveness, and hope such as the one sketched by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount?” [Stanley Hauerwas & Will Willimon, Resident Aliens]
    • The Church ought to be the kind of community where we not only worship God and serve the world, but encourage and enable one another to live the difficult/challenging life we’re called to live.
  • “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” [1 Corinthians 3:16-17]
    • So what happens if you’re not a part of the community?  Are you disconnected from God’s Spirit?
  • What does it mean for the Church to be “the Body of Christ”?
    • One implication is that the incarnation never ended.
  • “For there is nothing that justifieth, save His body – which is the Church.”  [Augustine, A Treatise Concerning the Correction of the Donatists]
    • The Church justifies?  Is this going too far?  (It wouldn’t be the first time in this document)
    • If it does go too far, does it still carry some truth with it?



2 responses

20 05 2009

I came across this site this week for young clergy in the UMC, umcyoungclergy.com. There are lots of links to blogs and such with some great conversations going. There is also a 40 Days of Prayer event that just started under the “prayer” tab that is really powerful.
The more I wrestle with the idea and theology of church to more I realize that there will be no perfect answers on this side of eternity. But something tells me there will at least be some fun in trying (I hope…)

20 05 2009

Hey Matthew, thanks for the link and heads up about the stuff. I looked at it briefly this morning; will have to check it out more later. Hope things are well at the church and with the family!

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