Sep 26, 2011

Ecclesiastical Meanderings

In a recent online discussion, I found myself surrounded by burned-out Christians with a languorous disposition toward church life.  The bludgeoning these fellow sojourners received from the local church had left them duct-taping chunks of their very own souls. I had to admit that the  tattered cordage of their wills made lean the joy I was experiencing from having had found an amalgamated forum of Christ-lovers and theological enthusiasts. Yet, their complaints were nothing new. Our world has been experiencing a seismic-shift of disillusionment with the local church for quite some time. 

Here is a snapshot of the flag of their disposition in regards to the local church:

Leadership is in disarray. The pomposity of pastoral staff is reeking at an all time high. Greed, self-preservation, secrecy, and manipulation, have left an ineffable imprint upon the very psyche of those who have become burned-out from the local church. The church either suffers from an inward-focused culture that cherishes sin-management programs coupled with a “wearing of masks”, that portray a feckless apparition of their true self, or they are so outward-focused that they forget the simple call to make disciples, not marketing and production crews spawned from a factory of over-hyped, media-driven automatons watermarked with depthless worship encounters. 

People, I believe, are hungering for spiritual change and thirsting for authentic community. The ostensible theater of playing Church has become a pharisaical vessel of squalor on a waveless future. Christians, finding their souls in a bivouac of despair, are desperately seeking, re-envisioning, and hoping for a new wave of churches to arise or, at least, for some healthy reform to ensue. 

In the quest of creating a new church adventure, there is the danger that they may become experimental theaters of emergent illuminations, or embittered reactions that flounce between unrealistic ideals and rainbows of pure spiritual nonsense. My prayer is that they will be birthed in the theological DNA that translates the hints of God into a Christ-centered community of faith, hope, and love. However, none of this will matter unless true leadership appears.

8 comments:

Unknown said...

oakley sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
cheap oakley sunglasses
discount oakley sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
ray ban
ray ban sunglasses
ray ban uk
ray ban sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses
coach factory outlet
coach outlet
coach outlet
coach outlet online
coach outlet store
coach outlet
louis vuitton
louis vuitton outlet
louis vuitton outlet
louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton uk
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet online
michael kors outlet
michael kors uk
michael kors canada
prada handbags
kate spade outlet
kate spade handbags

ninest123 said...

ninest123 12.16
louis vuitton handbags, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, prada outlet, uggs outlet, louis vuitton outlet, uggs outlet, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, christian louboutin, tiffany jewelry, ralph lauren outlet, tiffany jewelry, oakley sunglasses, gucci handbags, uggs on sale, prada handbags, nike free, nike air max, christian louboutin, louboutin uk, nike outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, replica watches, tory burch outlet, longchamp bags, burberry factory outlet, louis vuitton, cheap oakley sunglasses, burberry outlet, louboutin shoes, michael kors, uggs on sale, ray ban sunglasses, nike air max, replica watches, cheap jordans, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet online, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors handbags, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet online, uggs on sale, michael kors outlet online, ralph lauren polo

ninest123 said...

nike tn pas cher, burberry pas cher, nike roshe run pas cher, coach outlet store online, michael kors outlet online, jordan pas cher, sac guess pas cher, new balance, nike roshe uk, michael kors uk, abercrombie and fitch, nike air max uk, hollister uk, michael kors, nike air max uk, coach purses, lunette ray ban pas cher, timberland pas cher, longchamp soldes, ray ban uk, vans pas cher, true religion outlet, north face uk, abercrombie and fitch UK, vanessa bruno pas cher, nike free, north face pas cher, polo ralph lauren uk, true religion outlet, lunette oakley pas cher, lululemon outlet, mulberry uk, longchamp pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, nike trainers uk, michael kors, true religion outlet, nike air max, nike blazer pas cher, converse, replica handbags, louboutin pas cher, hermes pas cher, hogan sito ufficiale, polo lacoste pas cher, nike air max pas cher, true religion jeans, nike air force, nike free pas cher

ninest123 said...

timberland boots, insanity workout, iphone 6s cases, oakley, softball bats, babyliss pro, iphone 6s plus cases, hollister clothing, hermes handbags, salvatore ferragamo, louboutin, gucci, hollister, beats by dre, valentino shoes, abercrombie and fitch, herve leger, iphone 5s cases, wedding dresses, ray ban, soccer jerseys, polo ralph lauren, instyler ionic styler, mac cosmetics, iphone cases, new balance shoes, vans scarpe, nike air max, nfl jerseys, celine handbags, soccer shoes, bottega veneta, vans outlet, nike air max, s6 cases, ghd hair, north face outlet, giuseppe zanotti, mcm handbags, mont blanc, nike roshe run, p90x workout, chi flat iron, asics running shoes, iphone 6 cases, reebok outlet, lululemon outlet, iphone 6 plus cases, converse, north face outlet, ipad cases, jimmy choo outlet

ninest123 said...

sac louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, montre pas cher, louis vuitton uk, marc jacobs, juicy couture outlet, converse shoes outlet, sac louis vuitton, moncler, canada goose, moncler uk, moncler, moncler, canada goose jackets, canada goose, barbour, juicy couture outlet, moncler jackets, barbour jackets uk, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, replica watches, karen millen uk, moncler pas cher, moncler, ugg pas cher, pandora jewelry, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, supra shoes, hollister, swarovski uk, canada goose pas cher, links of london uk, pandora jewelry, lancel, doke & gabbana, canada goose jackets, thomas sabo uk, louis vuitton, canada goose uk, bottes ugg pas cher, canada goose outlet, coach outlet, pandora charms, swarovski jewelry, wedding dresses uk, ugg uk, toms shoes, pandora uk, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia
ninest123 12.16

Unknown said...

ray-ban sunglasses
babyliss pro
burberry outlet store
michael kors outlet store
tiffany and co
mulberry handbags
nike air max 90
oakley sunglasses
camisetas futbol baratas
pandora jewelry
mulberry handbags sale
ray ban sunglasses sale
coach factory outlet
fitflops clearance
coach outlet online
longchamp handbags
ghd hair straighteners
ray-ban sunglasses
tiffany outlet
ray ban sunglasses
toms shoes
louis vuitton outlet stores
michael kors handbags
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors outlet
mulberry handbags
tory burch outlet online
prada sneakers
beats headphones
rolex watches,rolex watches,swiss watches,watches for men,watches for women,omega watches,replica watches,rolex watches for sale,rolex replica,rolex watch,cartier watches,rolex submariner,fake rolex,rolex replica watches,replica rolex
cheap ray ban sunglasses
ralph lauren polo
nike air max 90
ralph lauren polo shirts
adidas wings shoes
20160604caihuali

chenmeinv0 said...

mavericks jerseys
mbt sandals
coach handbags
toms wedges
michael kors outlet clearance
gucci handbags
timberland outlet
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
gucci outlet
chenyingying20161027

Unknown said...

polo ralph lauren
ugg australia
cheap uggs
christian louboutin outlet
canada goose uk
michael kors canada
oakley sunglasses
rolex replica watches
canada goose outlet online
michael kors outlet clearance
20161125