Wednesday, June 14, 2006


"no longer is the church solely in the business of saving individual souls from damnation, but it embodies the 'great event' of the cross by making free space for redemptive community" (charles marsh, the beloved community, pg. 45).

this evening, as i sat with my feet on the windowsill, i was completely arrested by this quote. i think this movement from the "business" of proclamation to the "embodiment" of the gospel that energized the black churches during the struggle for civil rights is also the movement of the Spirit that will truly mobilize the emergent church for mission. together, let us ask God to make this particular movement a primary characteristic of the emerging church.*

*i intend the latter term to be interpreted in the broadest manner possible.

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