Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

The following is a morning devotional from Skye Jethani from this week: The Advent of Jesus Christ is what sets Christianity apart from other religions. We affirm that Christ is indeed Immanuel—God with us—and that in him the fulness of God was pleased to dwell. He is the image of the invisible God and with …

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The recent fiasco with the Starbuck’s holiday cups (Google it. I won’t talk about it more) has me thinking. It has me thinking about how the song “They’ll Know We are Christians By Our Love” has it all wrong in today’s society. We’re not known by how we love. Christians, more often, are known by …

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Should Christians run and hide from the culture? Should they embrace it? Should we try to change it? These are all good questions and I’m pretty sure the answer can vary depending on the circumstances. But they are questions I enjoy thinking about and reading about. And I’m always on the lookout for those who …

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The following is from Skye Jethani’s daily devotional email, “With God Daily” from Friday, April 24th. I’ve talked a lot about the Kingdom of God here, partly because I think it’s important to understand our work in the world, but also because it has given me a new understanding of what soteriology means…more a welcoming …

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Americans are consumers. And many Christians in America approach their relationship with Christ and His Church as consumers.They approach God for what He can do for them, rather than out of worship for who He is and with a heart to serve Him and engage in His mission.

Skye Jethani further explains the problem within a consumer culture:

In a commodity culture we have been conditioned to believe nothing carries intrinsic value. Instead, value is found only in a thing’s usefulness to us, and tragically this belief has been applied to people as well. …The reduction of even sacred things into commodities also explains why we exhibit so little reverence for God. In a consumer worldview he has no intrinsic value apart from his usefulness to us. He is a tool we employ, a force we control, and a resource we plunder. We ascribe value to him (the literal meaning of the word “worship”) based not on who he is, but on what he can do for us. (The Divine Commodity)

(Via Missional Challenge)

January 29, 2014