Better Than a Drive-Thru

I’ve been reading, this week, looking ahead to 2018 and contemplating where I believe God is leading us at Ogden Memorial. One of the books I am reading is Richard Foster’s classic Celebration of Discipline.

This was a book I had to read in seminary, which meant it was one of those you rushed to finish in order to move to the next assignment. I’ve always appreciated what I read from the book, but nothing really struck me as deeply profound because I was reading it with a different purpose of simply completing an assignment.

That is until I read the book’s first paragraph this week. It says:

Superficiality is the cure of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.

Foster wrote those words in the 1970s. They are still appropriate for us today. We are in hurry in a life and, as a result, we never experience the fullness of God’s desires for us. Continue reading “Better Than a Drive-Thru”

What is the Church Here For?

We all have a definition of the church. Some of us may see the church as the building where we gather for weekly worship and Christian discipleship. Others may see the church as an institution that primarily exists for Christians who seek to be in relationship with other Christians. Perhaps some others may see the church as a community that is not important for spiritual growth and discipleship.

How do you see the church? How do I see the church?472017_436765336365086_256924354_o

My definition of the church is it is the “ongoing witness of Jesus Christ in a broken and hurting world.” The church, for me, is not a noun. It is a living and breathing movement of God. Continue reading “What is the Church Here For?”