Some Missional Tweets for Your Friday

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“Bridezilla!”

This video of Dave Gibbons over at The Verge Network is important to me. It’s important because I’ve moved from a community where there was no “competition” among churches to a community that may be, according to some, over-churched. Sometimes it’s hard to look with love on the other churches and pastors as being part of this great big church universal. Sometimes it’s hard to get the sense that we’re playing “on the same team.” Sometimes it’s easy to be jealous. Sometimes, we don’t look on each other as “The Bride of Christ” but more as BRIDEZILLA.

A Place for Monasticism in the Mainline

Carl McColman writes:

Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy (and to a lesser extent, the Anglicans and Lutherans) have long recognized that intentional community — in the form of monasteries, convents, and friaries — form just as essential a part of the larger Church as do local congregations or regional adjudicatory bodies like dioceses or conferences. Sadly, because of widespread problems and corruption within monastic culture at the time, most of the sixteenth-century reformers felt the church would be better off without monasteries. How ironic, therefore, that the twentieth century Evangelical world spawned a vibrant, if marginal, “neo-monastic” movement of intentional communities of faith, that often bear little or no external resemblance to “classic” monasteries — no mandatory celibacy, no chanted liturgy, no cloister or custom of silence — but that do provide a meaningful location for Christians who seek a communal expression of their faith, one that finds expression in terms of missional outreach, often to the most vulnerable members of society.

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/2014/08/mainline-neo-monasticism/#ixzz3BNdIUb4A