Thursday, February 23, 2006

Maybe this is closer to the original plan

If only there was a way to transfer the following prophetic words of Erwin McManus with the passion with which they were delivered at Catalyst Conference 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia:
This is supposed to be a movement of dreamers and visionaries where every single person who steps into the community of Christ, who steps into authentic spiritual community, discovers their uniqueness in Jesus Christ and has their God-given capacity unleashed. They begin to have dreams and visions and can no longer live in the status quo. They can't stomach mediocrity. They say no to compromise. They refuse to live a life that is apathetic, and they begin to live with a God-intense passion, with urgency for the world.
That's what people without Christ are looking for.

Amen, and amen!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Please, don't call yourself Christian

Touting the differences between "The Christian Reich" and "The Christian Left," one commenter at Thom Hartman's discussion page says the former category is identified by the slogan "Jesus is Lord," while the other is identified by "God is Love." We'll leave alone the fact that this person is theologically uninformed in a horrible way. Rather, read the next suggestions for those who share such liberal persuasions:
These are some words to avoid, and my ranking of the worst:
1. Jesus
2. religious, religion etc.
3. Church
4. Christ
They all go with the "Jesus is Lord" brand.

Although I know many, such as John Shelby Spong, would likely applaud such suggestions, I'll go out on a limb with a question: How exactly can you be a Christian (Christ-like, of course), and refuse to use the words "Jesus" and "Christ"?

Thank God that Paul knew what he was talking about when he urged Christians to "do all things in the name of Jesus."