Welcome again. In many ways, this blog is a way of expanding a conversation that many people are having these days about life, God and the church. I entered that conversation myself with a book last year. Which I have excerpted below:
I have always been jealous of the Inklings. I wish that I could have been part of that group of friends who met to talk about God, literature and life that included J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. I can only imagine how stimulating it would have been to be part of that ongoing conversation. I love conversation. And maybe because of that jealousy, I am trying to reproduce a coffee shop conversation in this book. It is the kind of conversation that my colleagues and I have in the afternoons when we need to get out of the church office for a few minutes. We’ll certainly talk about God and life, but we’ll do so by focusing on theology and the Church.
As a reader of this book, then let me welcome you to the conversation. Please consider sitting down with a cup of coffee, a pen to scribble in the margins and maybe partner or two to read along with. I intend this book for pastors and church leaders. It is also meant to be a frank and friendly argument with some writers whom I respect and enjoy.
In this conversation, I want to help move to the forefront of our thinking an ancient Biblical imperative. It hasn’t been rejected so much as ignored or forgotten. But it is critical nonetheless: As God is, so the Church should be. As God does, the Church should do. With the result being that the more the Church is like God, the more individual souls will become like Christ.
If you are interested in more of this kind of conversation, then let me encourage you to keep checking back here at this site, or consider getting a copy of my book, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives
You may also want to check out the good folks at the Emergent Village website. Some pretty interesting discussion is going on there as well.