Today's Mental Image:
Secret Portals to New Beginnings
MISSING HEAVEN UNAWARE
and that's just in the church!
I'm not at all persuaded that I need what Western Christians, especially American evangelicals, think of as church ... Nothing is wrong -- and much is right -- with all of it. But I can take it or leave it. More often, I prefer to leave it ...I'm fighting life-threatening cancer of the soul, and too often what we call church offers me a pain pill, religious distraction, false promises, encouragement to live in denial, or a facelift. I don't want to go.
[I am neither promoting nor opposing this book,
but the cry above resonates with too much reality with too many
Christ-follower/Christ-seekers I know]
All of this, however, only makes me long even more for the "church" and the individuals in attendance to experience transformation into Church. Even more so, I long for the unchurched and de-churched to find the longing of their souls being fulfilled in us . . . and so see the Church as their last great hope, which it is.
God help us! Lord transform us! And through us, Lord, reach and transform the world! Amen.
Here are some provocative videos about Missing Heaven Unaware:
[I'd be interest in what you think about them]