James K A Smith quotation on practices and sacramentalism

“The sacramental imagination begins from the assumption that our discipleship depends not only- not even primarily- on the conveyance of ideas into our minds, but on our immersion in embodied practices and rituals that form us into the kind of people God calls us to be. It is only Cartesian ‘thinking things’ that can doContinue reading “James K A Smith quotation on practices and sacramentalism”

Iranaeus quotation on humans and the glory of God

“For the glory of God is the human person fully alive; and life consists in beholding God. For if the vision of God which is made by means of the creation, gives life to all the living in the earth, much more does the revelation of the Father, which comes through the Word, give lifeContinue reading “Iranaeus quotation on humans and the glory of God”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quotation

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it isContinue reading “Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quotation”

Stats and Quotes on Giving from “The Hole in Our Gospel”

Been reading through the giving and statistics in The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns. Need to put these in the cloud: The total annual income of American churchgoers- $5.2 trillion American Christians make up 5% of worldwide Christians, but control 1/2 half of the Christian wealth. It would take only 1% of theContinue reading “Stats and Quotes on Giving from “The Hole in Our Gospel””

Jim McClendon’s 4 stages of the Christian Life

Chuck Conniry shares Jim McClendon’s 4 stages of the Christian life in Soaring in the Spirit: 1. Introduction- our first encounter with the way of Christ. The church has often used catechism and instruction to facilitate this phase of a believer’s life. It is filled with knowledge intake, instruction. 2. Initiation- this is the transitionContinue reading “Jim McClendon’s 4 stages of the Christian Life”

Almost Christian by Kenda Dean part 1

Beginning to read Almost Christian by Kenda Dean. It was recommended highly by a couple of friends and ministry professionals… here goes nothing. “An almost Christian… [chiefly] is one that… is fond of the form, but never experiences the power of godliness in his heart.” -George Whitefield, “The Almost Christian” 1739 “The Church is fullContinue reading “Almost Christian by Kenda Dean part 1”