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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The effort to recover the priesthood of all believers can’t be an effort to impose a pastorhood of all believers. Something is lost if everyone is pressganged into some form of pastoral function. More is lost if everyone doesn’t understand that whatever it is they are doing is their expression of the priestly function we’re …

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Contemporary parenting undertakes the burden of providing a perfect life experience for children. It is an expression control on the part of the parent, taking the role of a God in the life of their child. And the more micro-controlled that the upbringing of children is becoming is being accompanied by an increase in anxiety …

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Jesus is not a life coach. He’s not providing an example to follow, or teaching techniques to get us through the day or tough situations. What he invites us to do is die with him. From Chad Bird: Likewise, to take up our cross daily doesn’t mean to shoulder our personal cares and concerns. Jesus …

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It’s because Jesus knows us completely that he knows how completely we need to be saved. And that’s how he reveals the gracious magnitude of God’s love. From Chad Bird: Jesus knows good and well that there’s nothing inside us worth believing in. In fact, everything inside us looks absolutely untrustworthy. If anything, when the …

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