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Every human idealized image that is brought into the Christian community is a hindrance to genuine community and must be broken up so that genuine community can survive. Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest, and sacrificial. God hates this wishful dreaming because it makes the dreamer proud and pretentious. Those who dream of this idealized community demand that it be fulfilled by God, by others, and by themselves. They enter the community of Christians with their demands, set up their own law, and judge one another and even God accordingly. They stand adamant, a living reproach to all others in the circle of the community. They act as if they have to create the Christian community, as if [it is] their visionary ideal [that] binds people together. Whatever does not go their way, they call a failure. When their idealized image is shattered, they see the community breaking into pieces. So they first become accusers of other Christians in the community, then accusers of God, and finally the desperate accusers of themselves. Because God has laid the only foundation of our community, because God has united us in one body with other Christians in Jesus Christ long before we entered into common life with them, we enter into that life together with other Christians, not as those who make demands, but as those who thankfully receive. We do not complain about what God does not give us; rather we are thankful for what God does give us daily. Like the Christian’s sanctification, Christian community is a gift of God to which we have no claim. Only God knows the real condition of either our community or our sanctification. Just as Christians should not be constantly feeling the pulse of their spiritual life, so too the Christian community has not been given to us by God for us to be continually taking its temperature. Let no complaints against our fellow Christians exist without first much more prayer and introspection under Jesus Christ.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together & Prayerbook of the Bible, pg 36, 38, par.

Power Dynamics – Dr. Peter L. Steinke [Various videos]
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=peter+l.+steinke+playlist

Crushing of the outer man to release the Holy Spirit – Watchman Nee writings

Carroll Ellis Symposium — America’s Greatest Revival: Cane Ridge Reconsidered

Description Link:
https://www.lipscomb.edu/events/carroll-ellis-symposium
Audio Files:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hgKFTU7zaG5P8gQPZpyX0pQErnDhz26K

“…a fast-moving look at the greatest revival in American history and an event central to the DNA of Churches of Christ. Four eminent restoration scholars are coming together to present nine 18-minute messages spotlighting the roots and great themes behind this remarkable moment in American history.”

Speakers:

Leonard Allen, Lipscomb College of Bible & Ministry Dean
John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb Professor of Bible
Richard Hughes, Lipscomb Scholar-in-Residence
James Gorman, Associate Professor of History at Johnson University

Presentations:

The Second Great Awakening (Gorman)
Barton Stone: His Role in the Revival (Hughes)
Cane Ridge: What Really Happened There? (Gorman)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Communion Festival (Hicks)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Racial Diversity and Slavery (Hughes)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Women as Exhorters (Gorman)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Was Cane Ridge America’s Pentecost? (Allen)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Revivalism, Spirit, and Unity (Hicks)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Loss of Trajectory in Restoration Movement (Allen)

Of related interest:

Edward J. Robinson: Fighting for the pure gospel

Stone-Campbell: Recommended resources

Mission Journal Oral History Interview by Greg McKinzie

Abstract

Greg McKinzie conducted an interview-style session at the 2017 Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, dedicated to recording the stories of Dwain Evans, Vic Hunter, and Richard Hughes in the production of Mission Journal. Participants reflected on the motivations, hardships, and successes of publishing thoughtful, courageous content during a tumultuous time for the country and for Churches of Christ. What were the personal costs? How did the journal evolve and why? What would they do differently if they had it to do over? And what is the legacy of Mission for today?

Recommended Citation

McKinzie, Greg (2017) “Mission Journal Oral History Interview,” Mission: Vol. 0 : Iss. 0 , Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/missionjournal/vol0/iss0/1

Amy Jimenez: The Impact of the Pentecostalism on the Stone Campbell Movement and on the Understanding of the Holy Spirit within Churches of Christ

James W. Garrett: The Role of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament Church
A survey of New Testament references to the Holy Spirit with a view toward understanding His ongoing role in the Church and the lives of individual believers

World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018

Reposted from ChristiaNet September, 2018 Issue 175

What does “global communing” bring to your mind? A long distance phone conversation between friends in Adelaide, South Australia and Nashville, Tennessee? A table at a 1955 luncheon in Toronto, Canada where women are creating a unique fellowship? Our sisters, strong in faith and ability building homes for families in Mexico or South Africa? Maybe you imagine the smile of women finally leaving the brothel in India on the arms of their mentors and friends. Or a lunch after Sunday worship with folk new to your community.

October 7, 2018 is World Communion Sunday, a celebration that encourages Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. One might describe it as a faith community building event. World Convention founder, Jesse Bader, promoted World Communion Sunday among the Stone-Campbell family as early as 1940, and the tradition continues today.

How do we build God’s community?

James 2:8-9 says the conduct of the faithful should be unbiased. “You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it.” Then James asks pointedly in verse 17, “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” (The Message)

Whether individually or with a group, you are invited to dialogue with other ChristiaNet readers through your stories, ideas and pictures where active faith is building God’s community. We’d love to share the ways you and yours share the hospitality of Jesus’ open table in your part of the world. Not just on October 7, but throughout the year. Not just in your church, but in your neighborhood, your city or town, the country you call home.

Here’s how. Tag your “faith-in-action” posts and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc. with #ChristiaNetCommunity. Search for #ChristiaNetCommunity entries in your browser or social media platform to see one another’s offerings. Together let’s expand our knowing of God at work around the world.

Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. May God be ever present in this experience of our global communing!

Julia Keith

Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement

@litabny: Gailyn Van Rheenen sees Biblical Theology as NOT forming the basic questions of Church Growth research.*

@GailynVanRheen: No, you have not rightly read me! In Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies (Zondervan, 2016), I provide what I call the Missional Helix in which I show a move from Theology to Strategy Formation within the context of Cultural Analysis/Historical Perspective

This process is done within the context of Spiritual Formation.

The beginning point of ministry is Theological Formation and intertwined throughout the process of Spiritual Discernment.

Ch. 1 is “The Biblical Narrative of Mission: Entering God’s Story,” Ch. 2 “Spiritual Awakenings for Mission.” Ch. 3 “Theological Foundations of Missions,” Ch. 4 “The Church: The Embodiment of Missions.”

My problem with the Church Growth Movement is the primary focus on “growth” rather than disciple-making reflecting the ministries of Jesus and Paul leading to theologically formed disciples who by their passion and God-focus can only speak for God!

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