If we are honest with ourselves, I think we’d admit that much of the time, we desire the wrong things. Or at least we are guilty of not considering very deeply whether the things that we desire are “true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise.” (Phil. 4:9) But what if we … [ read more ] "Approaching Community – Unity Desired"
We have a community/togetherness that is sourced from Jesus Himself, that defines a mission for us to enjoy Him and share Him whereby we create and deepen true community. Oh that God would help us lead into finding our identity as such a community and then press on to explore, enjoy, guard, and reflect such … [ read more ] "Beginning Community – Unity Provided"
This week we look at the implied claim that the kind of community we’ve been describing is, in fact, enjoyable and worth exploring. One tool that we bring to bear is Aquinas’s definition of the beautiful: wholeness, harmony, radiance.
As we wade into how LOVE is our key asset in guarding and leaning into meaningful community, we must acknowledge relational leeches that represent what we guard against.
As we continue to live through the COVID19 pandemic, what does it look like to balance gathering, not gathering, community without proximity, and maintaining worship? To answer this, at least in part, Deholo takes us through the “paces, praises, and prayers” of Psalm 122.
God is at work. His glory is shining, and He means for us be a part of His good work. Author Christopher J.J. Wright put it this way, “It is not so much that God has a mission for His church in the world, but that God has a church for His mission in the … [ read more ] "Reflecting Community – Unity Exampled"
Longing is an important feeling, warranting rumination. Our souls were made for eternity and eternal fellowship. Community now is at its best when it resembles the “lasting community” that we further explore this week.