Saturday, May 26, 2012

Church: What I'm Looking For


One should always be careful to define themselves exponentially more by what they are for than what they are against. Dissatisfaction and rebellion must always be temporary states. If you grow dependent on those two things then you will always need the object of your rebellion in order to maintain your identity. Self righteous indignation gets old very fast. I think I do a decent job of not operating under its strict directives, but for me it is never far from the surface.

It is with the above in mind that I offer this POSITIVE way forward in my search for a church to call home:

"It’s time we stopped trying to build the unity of the church on a foundation of what WE BELIEVE, and instead started assuming our unity because of our RELATIONSHIP with the one we believe in—or more importantly because of the one who loves and believes in us. After all, Jesus did not say, The doctrines I will teach you are the way, the truth, and the life. What he said was that HE was the Way, the Truth, and the Life (cf. John 14:6). If unity cannot be achieved based on WHAT we believe, the only thing left is WHO we believe in." From Paradoxy, by Ken Howard.

I would love to find a church that would not only give verbal assent to this (that is incredibly easy), but would also be excited about living it out.

2 comments:

Ken Howard said...

Hi Jason,
Thanks for your comments on Paradoxy's incarnational approach to Chriatian community. I would love to hear more of your thoughts and share ideas.
My website/blog is at http://practicingparadoxy.com
I'm on Facebook at http://facebook.com/practicingparadoxy and on Twitter at @Paradoxy101.
In Christ's love,
Ken+

Jason Dean said...

Thank you so much for checking out my blog, glad you saw that I quoted your book. I am LOVING it.