Heaven can be spoken about by Christians in ways that can contribute to a misconception that it is a destination rather than a staging point. There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging the blessing that awaits believers after death and before the return of Jesus. But that acknowledgement should not cloud the fact that our ultimate hope …

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A reminder from Chad Bird that life as a disciple of Jesus is life with the Church; and growth as a disciple of Jesus with the church is a slow-cooker experience, not a microwave experience. The work of Jesus in our lives, and in the life of his church, creeps along like that Matthew genealogy. …

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The sacraments of modern culture are personal achievements, measured, quantified, compared. But they are not enough to provide a satisfaction that we have connection with eternity. There is no rest, only striving. The good news is something better than that. From Chad Bird: In the kingdom of the almighty number, where the first are first …

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The church will gather together tomorrow to hear the news of the unsuccessful life. From Upside-Down Spirituality: Christianity has a God who knows that if the church runs the way of success, we’ll eventually tumble headfirst into the grave of irrelevance. That’s where the quest for success leads us – into a kind of death, …

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Chad Bird likens the action of the church in greeting the me generation with an emphasis on an individualistic experience of salvation to attempting to douse a fire with petrol. His comments below are well balanced in that they do not make the fulfilment of Adam and Eve out to be marriage, as if any …

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Marriage, contrary to popular thought is not a dream within a dream. It is a mutual commitment by two people to live as one for the the duration of their lives. And if it was easy, why would we need promises to hold ourselves to it? From Chad Bird: That’s why love is not something …

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