Hoping that Mr. Bregman will meditate, during the off-season, on whether it is worth it to be such a jerk.
I recently saw an article by JD Walt in my feed whose title made me think. The idea of least common denominator discipleship is intriguing.
I have generally felt that discipleship has gone by the wayside in today’s church. Most people believe that the whole gospel is about saving people from hell and once that is done, eat, drink, and be merry.
In many churches, there is a two-tier system. The top tier is just for overachievers. They are looked at askance as people who are wasting their lives on over-devotion to God. Why do all that extra “work” when none is required? The mass of people are content to embrace somewhat regular church attendance and cessation of really bad sins as enough.
Most churches that I have been part of really don’t fight that trend much. To the cynical it may seem as if it is important to keep the system in place so people don’t leave for greener pastures and take their charitable donations with them.
Essentially, we have dumbed down discipleship to the lowest common denominator. The fast learners, as in many public schools, are encouraged to slow down to the congregational norm.
It’s a shame. Really.
Rest is found in the taking on of Jesus’ yoke. I hate for so many to miss that joy.
In fact, there are lots of interesting resources at:
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Paul does not say, ‘I am in Christ; Christ has obeyed the Torah; therefore God regards me as though I had obeyed the Torah.’ He says: ‘I am in Christ; Christ has died and been raised; therefore God regards me—and I must learn to regard myself—as someone who has died to sin and been raised to newness of life.’
“The decline in our spiritual vocabulary has many real-world consequences.”
“My belief that the MBA program was a good use of my time eroded quickly. … Some days, I couldn’t tell whether I was in a master’s program or grade school?”
I’m really not much of a Tim Keller fan, but this is good.
“Nevertheless, while believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one. There are a number of reasons to insist on this.”
That many churches have names seemingly meant to obscure the fact that they are churches is proof enough that we do not take the concept of “church” seriously enough.
“It’s too good not to be true”
The trouble is, it’s hard to keep track of all the predictions we’ve heard in the last 20 years about impending catastrophes.