Archive for November, 2010

The Beauty of the Ordinary

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 by Dale M. Coulter

The most rewarding part of traveling for me is the time to return home. No matter how visually stimulating the sights or how interesting the people I meet, usually around day seven something clicks, like an internal homing device, and I begin to yearn for the wonderfully familiar sights, sounds, and structures of home. While others may crave the excitement of the novel, I crave the ordinary. To hear the loud sounds of my children, whether they be the joys of laughter, the tears of pain, or the bursts of anger–these to me are full of life. More than that, they are the very ingredients of life, providing its texture and flavor. Read the rest of this entry »

Let the Church be the “Body of Christ”: Continued Reflections on Urban Churches

Monday, November 1st, 2010 by Antipas Harris

Paul describes the Church as “the Body of Christ.” This means that the Church is a Christological organism and not a corporate organization. While organizational management has its place in the operation of the church, the organizational ideals that find themselves antithetical to the Church as an organism are problematic to the continued presence and work of Christ in the church. For example, recently I attended a church ministry conference wherein a noted guest speaker, a ministry consultant commented that in this time of economic challenge, this is a good time for ministry leaders to re-evaluate her or his vision and “get-rid-of ideas and people who he or she does not need.” Such advice may be appropriate to mainstream organizational leadership training wherein the organization has its own vision as central to its objectives. However, the conference speaker’s advice seems adverse to principles and theological ideals related to the Church as organism – the Body of Christ. There must be a more compassionate approach to handling hardships and economic challenges for churches. Scripture teaches principles for showing grace and love towards people struggling during desperate times. Certainly, the church should lead this charge. Read the rest of this entry »