It is difficult to break the habit of being consumers when “church” is being packaged up deliberately as a need-meeting product. We forget that church is supposed to be a Spirit-united family of the faithful growing together and serving one another. Instead, we judge whole congregations on the basis of their pastor’s celebrity and reputation. And we get a certain self-satisfaction when strangers recognize our pastor’s name.
On “The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’ Essential Teaching on Discipleship” by Dallas Willard: “It is not everyday that you read a book that radically challenges you to take stock of your life and your walk with God. This is one such book.” (Giju Abraham on goodreads.com)
But how are we supposed to be like Jesus when the Bible says there is no one that is good except God? God is good and, because He is good, He does not leave us or abandon us. We can be as He is and He invites us to do so.
The cultural abolishment of absolute truth and substitution of relativity has made knowing why we believe what we believe imperative. Our world, especially in first-world countries like the USA, demands an intellectual discussion. Bringing only our feelings, no matter how strong, to the table is no longer an acceptable option.
Here is what you need to know about the Summer of Soul Book Club. Buy the books online through the ICSI Store (powered by Amazon). Use the schedule below to stay on track with what everyone is reading and when. Come to Heska’s Sugar Shack in Mentone every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for food, fellowship, and discussion. Sign up and discuss online anytime on the ICSI Discussion Boards.