Thinking about Community

The Danger of Christian Idealism

The Danger of Christian Idealism

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together ‘Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community…

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Why the World needs the Church

Why the World needs the Church

“From a Christian point of view, the world need the church, not to help the world run more smoothly or to make the world a better and safer place for Christians to live. Rather, the world needs the church because without the church, the world does not know who it is. The only way for […]

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A Signpost to the Kingdom

A Signpost to the Kingdom

“[The Church] exists .. to set up in the world a new sign which is radically dissimilar to [the world’s] own manner and which contradicts it in a way which is full of promise.” Karl Barth (Church Dogmatics, 4.3.2)

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The Gracious Extra of Community

The Gracious Extra of Community

“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called․that you might inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9 “There […]

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What we were made for – J.I. Packer

What we were made for – J.I. Packer

“What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we set for ourselves in life? To know God. What is ‘eternal life’ that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. ‘This is eternal life ; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent’ (John 17:3)” (J.I. Packer, […]

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Tuned to the Same Fork

Tuned to the Same Fork

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away […]

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