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What is the Church?

C.S. Lewis on the church, diversity in the church, church

It takes all sorts to make a world; or a church. This may be even truer of a church. If grace perfects nature it must expand all our natures into the full richness of the diversity which God intended when He made them, and Heaven will display for more variety than Hell. C.S. Lewis


During my Sabbatical, I am doing all kinds of reading and reflecting on the church and its mission. The other day I had three books as conversation partners.

A Wild Ride With Jesus

Many of you may already know that on June 19, Living Word Community Church voted to call me to be the second senior pastor of the church. I have the great privilege (as well as somewhat daunting task) of following the founding-legacy pastor, Steve Almquist.

LWCC has been my home church since 1978 when I was just out of college, jogging through a neighborhood, and found a church meeting in an old school building. I went that next Sunday and knew I had found a place to call my spiritual home, and a group of people with whom I could do life. 

A Vital Truth and a Challenging Word for Today's Church

Christian Monasticism, David KnowlesTHIS MAY BE ONE OF MY MOST IMPORTANT POSTS

Here is a profoundly insightful, long sentence from David Knowles. I was really moved by how it describes one of the GREAT TENSIONS that is core to my own calling and ministry. What is authentic faith? Why does it seem authentic faith is so often missing in the church?

It is from his book Christian Monasticism, pp. 12. It is in the context of why the monastic movements of the 3rd and 4th centuries flourished with thousands of Christians flocking to the desert to find a space and community of deep spirituality.

What Size is Your Church?

Here is an interesting statistic my friend Connnie Milchling (Executive Producer of Worship Arts at LWCC) forwarded to me. The numbers refer to ATTENDERS and not to membership.

Size of Church       % of Churches in the USA

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