this is brennan manning’s new book. manning has written several other great books including, “the ragamuffin gospel”, “abba’s child”, and a devotional that i am currently using, “reflections for ragamuffins”. i haven’t read this book, but i’m putting it on my list. also, if you haven’t noticed, i’m trying the whole, lower case lettering thing. it’s so much easier and faster. plus, i think it looks cool. i found this quote from the book on church marketing sucks :
Heightened by what someone has called “the agnosticism of inattention”–the lack of personal discipline to overcome media bombardment, sterile conversation, and utilitarian relationships–our self-awareness grows dim, the presence of a loving God fades into the distance and the possibility of trust and intimacy seems less plausible.
…But so many of the things we do in our solitary moments have nothing to do with the Spirit or with the living will of God. Bothered by this dichotomy, we plunge into spiritual activities and get involved in church-related organizations and events in an effort to fill the empty space we know needs filling. Disciplined to renounce managerial control of our lives and unwilling to run the risk of living in union with Yahweh, we seek personal security and reassurance in rituals, devotions, liturgies, and prayer meetings. These structures provide a modicum of peace and promise that the comfortable piety and material possessions that constitute the sense of self will not be disturbed. But something is missing.
end of quote. it is so true. blake talked on thurday night about how jesus is not in the building. the church building is not christ, his people, us, we are the church. so why do so many people pride themselves on going to three different churches, bible studies, prayer nights, worship bonfires, christian hoe-downs, full-moon festivals…i think you get the reference. the body of christ, our local body, needs to be poured into, to be nourished, to be made whole. this might not be a problem in your town, but for fresno, the college and young adult population at large is church hopping to see which one feeds them the best, which one has cooler people, which one has better worship, it really ticks me off. sometimes i just want to yell at them: just commit to something! stop being tossed from here to there and plant your roots by one stream, and build up the church body that is there.