The Changing Church and Christ’s Kingdom: Reasons for Optimism

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English: Holy Spirit church: Cellingpainting: Assumption of Christ Locality: Heiligengeistplatz Community:Klagenfurt Deutsch: Heiligengeistkirche: Deckengemälde – Christi Himmelfahrt Ort: Heiligengeistplatz Gemeinde:Klagenfurt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

L.D. Turner

Christ left his heavenly abode and came down to earth in order to accomplish a multi-dimensional mission. His task involved setting in motion in the physical realm God’s plan to restore humankind to spiritual life and right relationship with him, to provide a mechanism whereby we might be cleansed of our sins, teach us the proper way to live in relation to God and to one another, and to pave the way for the advent of the Holy Spirit. In addition, Christ accomplished numerous other themes, some quite subtle and others quite obvious. His primary mission, however, we have yet to mention.

Christ came to this planet first and foremost to inaugurate his kingdom on earth. This is how he kicked off his mission, by admonishing listeners to repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. Christ indeed made progress toward laying the foundation of his kingdom on earth, but when he left our world and went back to the celestial realms, there was a monumental amount of work left to do. Amazingly, he left us in charge of carrying out that mission. Frank Laubach cogently speaks to this startling fact when he says:

When Christ was here on earth, He was limited to performing His ministry in one place and at one time. He was one man, walking beside one sea in one little corner of the earth. He healed whatever He touched, but His touch was necessarily limited by time and space.

Now, does it make sense that the Father would send His son for this limited ministry? I don’t think that is tenable. He made provision to carry on the work through the Holy Spirit: we are to complete His mission. We are his multiplied hands, His feet, His voice, and compassionate heart. Imperfect and partial to be sure, but His healing Body just the same. And it is through the Holy Spirit (Christ’s love which is everywhere at once),  that we receive the power to carry on the work of the apostles. It is a challenging and sobering thought: when we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives, we receive the same urgent and life-giving force that led our Master.

Whenever I sit down and prayerfully reflect on the fact that Christ left us in charge of establishing his kingdom here on the planet, I am amazed and awe-struck. Yet that is exactly what he did. When taking an objective look at the church and all its foibles, it would not be a reach to conclude that maybe the Master, in his exuberance and his love for us, may have over-estimated our talents and capabilities. Even a superficial examination of the problems and petty squabbles that have typified church history, along with the current chaotic state of doctrinal disunity and dwindling membership, points to we have, at least to this point, fallen quite short of where we should be.

In spite of these facts, I am hopeful that the Body of Christ will eventually move forward and make great strides in laying a positive foundation for Christ’s kingdom on earth. In fact, I am more than hopeful, I am downright optimistic! A few weeks ago, as we were discussing these very issues, a good friend was stunned when I told him I was optimistic about the church’s future and that I felt that the prognosis was far more positive than generally  forecasted by the many pessimistic, hand-wringing naysayers who have all but blown Taps on the church in America.

“How can you possibly be optimistic about the church and the kingdom?” said my friend as he almost choked on his fish taco. “Given the fact that so many people are leaving the church and so many churches are closing their doors, I see no grounds for hope, much less optimism.”

In truth, as a firm believer in the integrity of Christ and the teachings of the New Testament, I cannot be anything but optimistic. Although the numbers of this and the statistics of that are anything but positive, I am optimistic because I rest on the promises given to us by God in the Holy Scriptures.

First, I take primary comfort in the fact that Christ did not leave us as orphans. Instead, he returned to his celestial home in order to open to door for the Holy Spirit to come into this world in a manner never seen before. Whereas in the Old Testament (and in the old covenant) the Holy Spirit “came upon” people on occasion, in the New Testament (and under the new covenant) the Spirit would incarnate within each and every disciple. I take great comfort in this and knowing that collectively, the Body of Christ is empowered by the Holy Spirit I cannot imagine failure as the ultimate outcome. The church will succeed in finishing the work begun by Christ. Further, we are assured in scripture that Christ will complete the work begun in us (Phil. 1:6).

Briefly, two other scriptural revelations assure me that, even if there be fits and starts, we have every reason to be optimistic about the ultimate future of the church. First, we have resident within us the same power that raised Christ from the tomb (Phil. 3:10). I cannot imagine any scenario where sincere and committed disciples of Christ could possibly fail in their God-given, God-equipped, and God-empowered mission when operating with the assistance of this power. Second, Christ has assured us that he will always be with us, even until the end of the age (Matt. 28:20).

In closing, I would be remiss if I failed to mention perhaps the greatest reason for optimism regarding the future church and the establishment of Christ’s kingdom. As the world continues its steady drift away from the teachings and principles of Christ, we can still take comfort in the promises of Jesus. In spite of appearances, setbacks, and obstacles aplenty, the Master has already won the battle. He sums up our primary reason for positive hope when he says, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

© L.D. Turner 2013/All Rights Reserved

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Called and Set Apart (Part Two)

Stained glass window of the sacred Heart of Je...
Stained glass window of the sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in the former Mosque (Cathedral) of Cordoba, Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mick Turner

(continued from Part One)

Platt, however, doesn’t pretend to have all the answers. Yet in his view, and my experience has borne this truth out repeatedly, there is much to be gained by following Jesus with radical, risk-taking obedience. I find the following words by Platt to be enlightening, challenging, and convicting:

 I don’t assume to have all the answers, and I don’t claim to understand everything that following Jesus entails. But in a day when the basics of becoming and being a Christian are so maligned by the culture and misunderstood in the church, I do know that there is more to Jesus than the routine religion we are tempted to settle for at every turn. And I am convinced that when we take a serious look at what Jesus really meant when he said, “Follow me,” we will discover that there is far more pleasure to be experienced in him, indescribably greater power to be realized with him, and a much higher purpose to be accomplished for him than anything this world has to offer. And the result, we will all – every single Christian – eagerly, willingly, and gladly lose our lives to know and proclaim Christ, for this is simply what it means to follow him.

Boiled right down to its essence, there you have it – the very meat of the Christian path. To follow Christ is to be obedient to his teachings, and obedience begins and ends in the act of dying to self on a daily basis. The standards laid down by Jesus are so contrary to the principles accepted as the gold standard by our culture that following Christ inherently involves dying to our own wishes time and time again, especially those desires inculcated through cultural saturation.

On a very practical level, walking this path of dying to self involves the myriad choices and decisions we make as we go about our daily rounds. In order to live as Jesus calls us to live, there will be countless times we will be faced with the necessity of doing something we don’t want to do or abstaining from doing something we want to do. In these situations we clearly know the correct course of action and what constitutes an incorrect course. Friends, this isn’t rocket science and bottom line, it is not nearly as complicated as we tend to make it. Being obedient to Jesus is simply knowing how he would want you to respond in a given situation and choosing to respond in that manner. The key word here is choosing. We make the choice, the decision and we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us to help us see clearly the right direction to go.

Granted, many life situations are not black and white, but filled with gray areas. It is precisely in these areas where the enemy will send in his foot soldiers with orders to convince you to act in ways contrary to the Master’s wishes. It is here you have to be extra vigilant, prayerful, and discerning. Yet even in these gray areas you can always make the right decision as the Holy Spirit will always give you direction.

As stated at the outset, concepts like “holiness” and “sanctification” are not popular themes for discussion, even among what an old friend of mine calls “churchified folk.” Even brief mention of topics like these can cause a spirited conversation to quickly flounder into little more than a series of coughs, sputters, and throat-clearings, backed by a cacophony of shuffling feet. Any insistence on remaining on the topic can clear a room faster than a stray Doberman foaming at the mouth.

Yet we must not only talk about these themes of holiness and the like because Christ’s call to follow him is a call to obedience. And if you are serious about being obedient to Christ you can count on one thing for certain: you are going to be quite a bit different from the herd. You will, indeed, be set apart and that is not only to be expected, for the true Christian it should be welcomed. When we live according to Jesus’ standards we will be in opposition to many of the culture’s standards. The most detailed and accurate picture of this conflict, and our reasons for avoiding it, are penned by the great scholar Houston Smith:

…we have heard Jesus’ teachings so often that their edges have been worn smooth, dulling their glaring subversiveness. If we could recover their original impact, we too would be startled. Their beauty would not paper over the fact that they are “hard sayings,” presenting a scheme of values so counter to the usual as to shake us like the seismic collision of tectonic plates…We are told that we are not to resist evil but to turn the other cheek. The world assumes that evil must be resisted by every means available. We are told to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. The world assumes that friends are to be loved and enemies hated. We are told that the sun rises on the just and the unjust alike. The world considers this to be indiscriminating; it would like to see dark clouds withholding sunshine from evil people. We are told that outcasts and harlots enter the kingdom of God before many who are perfunctorily righteous. Unfair, we protest; respectable people should head the procession. We are told that the gate to salvation is narrow. The world would prefer it to be wide. We are told to be as carefree as birds and flowers. The world counsels prudence. We are told that it is more difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom than for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye. The world honors wealth. We are told that the happy people are those who are meek, who weep, who are merciful and pure in heart. The world assumes that it is the rich, the powerful, and the wellborn who should be happy. In all, a wind of freedom blows through these teachings that frightens the world and makes us want to deflect their effect by postponement – not yet, not yet! H.G. Wells was evidently right: either there was something mad about this man, or our hearts are still too small for his message.

I have made frequent use of Smith’s words over the years, primarily because he is right on the mark with his assessment of the juxtaposition of our world’s values and the guidelines for living set down by Jesus. For many of us, our hearts are, indeed, too small for his message. I know that for many years mine was and yes, there are still areas where I struggle.

Yet struggle I must because the Master has asked for nothing less than full-on commitment. And that personal decision is the hinge upon which the entire door of the Christian walk of faith swings. I am not talking about the “decision to accept Christ as your personal savior.” No, I am talking about a more gutsy decision – one where you consecrate yourself to wholehearted obedience, to walking the walk with unwavering integrity and giving your all to God.

Christ tells us it is wise to count the cost of becoming one of his disciples. Jesus comes into your life not only as a savior, but also as a trouble-maker. Count on it my friend, if you are a serious follower, a true disciple, Jesus Christ will upset your apple cart. You cannot bask in the status quo and follow the Master – you are called to a much higher standard. You are called to holiness – you are called to being set apart.

Think about it.

© L.D. Turner 2013/All Rights Reserved

Live Your Potential and Walk in Your Calling

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The life of Jesus of Nazareth plate 47. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mick Turner

(originally published in 2008, this article is as pertinent now as it was then. It is moved forward from the archives after numerous requests).

It is vital that every person understand that we are responsible for developing the potential stored within us. We must deepen our contact with our divine potential, which I (and our Quaker friends) call our “Inner Light,” and do all that we can to nurture, feed, and actualize our true, God-given potential. Further, we must recognize that as we move forward in developing our optimal potential, we can never afford to stop. In essence, when we travel the Christian journey, we are either moving forward or backward. There is truly no place to stand on the spiritual path.

Spiritual growth is a complex subject and we could waste much time and space exploring the more arcane aspects of personal unfolding. However, I choose instead to try to keep things as simple as feasible, especially in the context of a short article. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a topic that seems to cause many sincere Christians to go off the tracks and race down many enticing but unproductive rabbit holes. I am talking here about the subject of “purpose.” The issue of purpose is intimately connected with potential and it is often difficult to talk about one without delving into the other.

Many of us are so obsessed with “finding our purpose” that we ignore more important aspects of the spiritual journey. Granted, the universe seems to be arranged in such a way that each of us came to this planet with a unique mission. In spite of this, however, all of us share components of a more generalized, universal purpose. In my own journey, I have come to define a central aspect of this universal purpose as follows:

“I must become the optimal version of myself for the glory of God and the sake of others.”

“Well, I can’t argue with that,” you might say. “But how do I pull it off?”

Good question. Space does not permit a detailed explanation of the complete methodology of becoming the best version of yourself and, besides, I believe that each of us must find our own personal way of unfolding our divine nature. Still, I think we can look at two practical things we can do: define and visualize.

Begin by spending time developing a definition of the best version of yourself. What qualities will your highest self possess? What kind of activities will be a central part of your life and your spiritual development? How will you earn your living? And most significantly, how will you be of service to others? Pray for wisdom, personal insight, and spiritual discernment as you begin this process and continue to pray regarding your purpose on a consistent basis. In addition to prayer, think of successful people who possess the positive traits that you want to develop and that will be essential to realizing your purpose. Study their lives and see what motivated their success.

Turn to the pages of Scripture and through prayerful study and reflection, examine the lives of those characters you hold in high esteem. And above all, look to the life of Jesus, our ultimate guide. Ask yourself, “How did Jesus go about demonstrating the optimal version of himself?” Keep in mind, Jesus was fully human. He was not some strange, ethereal being who was on spiritual auto-pilot. Jesus had to make choices, just as you do.

After spending a couple of weeks on the above exercises, take out a notebook or sit at your keyboard and write out a vision of yourself – a positive, spiritual vision of yourself as your optimal self. Make a list of the character assets you possess. Spend time in prayer discussing these traits with God and asking for the assistance of the Holy Spirit in making them a reality in your life. Finally, write a specific definition of the best version of yourself and how you will serve the world.

Once you have a workable definition, set aside a special time each day and see this best version of yourself in your mind’s eye. See yourself manifesting the qualities described in your definition, engaging in the activities you listed, and serving in your best capacity. This exercise of your imagination is a key component of making the best version of yourself a reality.

From the outset, you must learn to consistently see the best version of yourself and your life unfolding in your inner vision. The power of the mind’s eye is uncanny. It is through our capacity of thought and inner visualization that we are capable of taking something out of the realm of the unseen and making it a reality in the realm of the seen. This requires faith: faith in yourself and your abilities; and faith in the principles of optimal cognition. If you have a problem, see it resolved; if your have a business, see it succeeding; if you have a dream, see it unfolding according to your desire.

Let this positive image become a part of yourself, sinking down into the subconscious mind and your inner spirit, the central core of yourself.

A fundamental principle of human nature is that whatever you keep before your mind’s eye will affect you, either for good or for bad. If you consistently focus on negativity and dwell on your problems, your mindset will become darker and your problems will worsen. If you focus on limitation, lack, failure, and defeat, this is the kind of life you are going to create. Instead, try focusing your mental energy on success, victory, health, abundance, peace, joy, and happiness. Our innermost spirit, which is one with the Divine Source, has as its purpose the unfolding of your greatest good. Don’t lose sight of that truth. In order to create the kind of life you want, you have to get your thoughts and your inner vision in alignment with the power and purpose of your innermost spirit, your “Inner Light.”

This visualization process is not a fantasy or an escape from reality. It is, instead, based on centuries of practical application and positive results. When life presents you with problems, many times there is nothing you can do about it. However, you can have complete control over your response to any problem life sends your way. You can have greater peace of mind if you just choose to have the right kind of thoughts. Focus your entire being on finding solutions, rather than wallowing in the problems at hand. Work diligently to find the Inner Light, and when you do, continue to take proactive measures to deepen and maintain your contact with this sacred aspect of your being.

The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life that never realized its full potential. You must decide today not to rob the world of the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you. It has been said that the wealthiest place on earth is not in bank vaults, Fort Knox, or underneath Bill Gates mattress. No, the wealthiest place on earth is the cemetery.

Beneath the gravestones lie so many dreams that went unfulfilled; so much potential that was never realized; so much purpose that was never discovered and manifested. I am reminded of the poignant verses of Tagore in the Gitangali:

The song that I came to sing remains 

unsung to this day.
I have spent my days in stringing and in
unstringing my instrument.

Be persistent and keep at it in a disciplined, optimistic manner. Before you know it, you will hear your song ringing up from your inner spirit. From that point forward your life will be more positive and meaningful. And when the day comes when you leave this world, you will leave a valuable contribution to those who follow you. Whether great or small, you will leave a positive legacy.  And for certain, you won’t be making a deposit in the Bank of Dead Dreams.

© L.D. Turner 2008/2012/All Rights Reserved

 

Wise Words for Today

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English: folio 11 recto of the codex with the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The church described in the book of Acts was a self-sacrificing church where believers were selling their private possessions and property and bringing them to the apostles to distribute to those in need. We don’t see a lot of that happening today. The people who had sacrificed personal comforts for the good of community were not focused on having nice buildings or fancy lights or comfortable chairs; they just wanted to take care of people’s needs.

Tyler Edwards

(from Zombie Church)

Reflections on Christian Exclusivity

English: Jesus Christ baroque sculpture in Hol...
English: Jesus Christ baroque sculpture in Holy Spirit church, Vilnius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mick Turner

One of the most consistent criticisms of the church these days relates to its perceived exclusivity in general and its intolerance of other religions in particular. Many people hold the opinion, rightfully so, that Christians believe that they have a monopoly of spiritual truth and that Jesus is the only way to salvation, however one might define that nebulous term. This tendency toward exclusivity, born in centuries past, is especially distasteful to many given our current context of instant global communication. Whereas in centuries past, global religions had little or no awareness of each other and individuals had little choice in terms of their religious affiliation, that is no longer the case as the Internet and global travel allows for exposure to all manner of religious belief and practice. Modern America, for all practical purposes, has become a spiritual smorgasbord.

Most Christians take this position of “Jesus is the only way” based on his words, recorded in John 14: 6:

I am the way, the truth, and the light; no one comes to the Father except through me.

Personally, I find it fascinating how differing factions within the Christian tradition deal with this passage. Fundamentalists, most Evangelicals, as well as the majority of Pentecostals and Charismatics take a very literal view of this passage. Their take on it is, “Jesus said he was the only way and the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. If it’s in the Bible that Jesus said it, then that’s the way it is. He is the only way.” Further, in keeping with the “belief paradigm” of Christianity that has so infiltrated and weakened the Protestant arm of the church, this passage means belief in Jesus is the only way.

On the other end of the theological spectrum, the Liberal arm of the church has developed creative ways of approaching this statement, some of them quite reasonable and others a bit of a mental stretch. On the whole, I suspect that the majority of liberal Christians wish that Jesus had never said this, thus making their apologetics a much simpler affair. In fact, some scholars do come out directly and deny that he ever said such a thing. I know one of my professors in graduate school was of this ilk.

Marcus Borg, a member of the controversial “Jesus Seminar,” makes the point that Jesus was not talking about belief in himself as the only means of salvation but instead, was saying that emulating his path of dying and rising was what Christ was getting at. Borg goes on to illustrate clearly how such an interpretation fits in with the overall context of Jesus’ message of Christian character formation. For those desiring to explore Borg’s teaching on this theme in more depth, I highly recommend his book, The Heart of Christianity.

As is often the case, my take on this issue falls outside the parameters of either the conservative or the liberal interpretations of Jesus’ claim that no one comes to the Father except through him. I guess this is one of the chief reasons why I am often considered a maverick and a misfit. To apply an overused analogy, when dealing with conservatives I am like a round peg in a world of square holes. Conversely, when dealing with the liberal wing of the Body of Christ, I am like a square peg in a field of round holes. I tend to fit nowhere unless you use a hammer and chisel.

Before describing my take on Christian exclusivity let me make a few qualifying statements. First, my views on this issue have evolved over the years and I don’t rule out the possibility that this process could continue. I have found it to be highly unwise to make statements about spiritual issues and set them in stone, as if they are eternal truths. I prefer to maintain an open mind, even if it results in my views sometimes seeming inconsistent and changeable. Besides, a man with a mind much sounder than mind, Ralph Waldo Emerson once opined:

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

A second qualifying caveat has to do with a fact that should be obvious to even the most intellectually challenged reader, although the sputtering, spewing and harrumphing that goes on when folks encounter something they don’t agree with would testify otherwise. The principle I am referring to is simply this: when it comes to deeper spiritual issues of an intangible nature, we cannot know anything with great certainty.

Paul hit the nail squarely on the head when he opined that at best, we see through a glass darkly. It doesn’t matter how intelligent we are (or perhaps think we are), how deeply we delve into the arcane mysteries of biblical scholarship, or how clearly we think we may have heard God’s voice, the fact is: even our most dearly held beliefs and opinions are just that, beliefs and opinions. They are the product of human reasoning and as such, have the potential for error.

Now right about here I know many of my fundamentalist readers (both of them) are thinking that I am an idiot at best or even worse, perhaps the brother of Beelzebub himself. “What about holy Scripture?” they shout. If it is in Scripture (they always use a capital “S”, which is putting the Book on the same level with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit) then we can know with certainty that it’s true.

I beg to differ.

I suppose one can logically say such a thing if one holds to the doctrine that the Bible is of divine origin and is inerrant. Let me say clearly here that I do not agree with that position, and further, I believe that holding such an opinion discourages free thinking, stifles creativity, and leads to all manner of erroneous assumptions about Christian spirituality.

If any of the aforementioned conservatives/fundamentalists are still reading, I figure they are now assured that I am of the Beelzebub clan.

With those caveats out of the way, let me get on with my take on the issue of Christian exclusivity. Do I believe that Christ is the only way? My answer is unequivocal:

That depends…..

To be continued……

© L.D. Turner 2012/All Rights Reserved

Christ’s Identity: Making it Personal

Christ icon in Taizé
Christ icon in Taizé (Photo credit: lgambett)

Mick Turner

In an attempt to express the complexities of the Christian path in as simple a fashion as possible, I am increasingly looking at things in a broader, yet at the same time more personal, perspective. Considering this, it seems to me that in order to fully grasp the significance of Christian spiritual formation, we have to at least begin with the following:

  1. Come to understand exactly who Christ is.
  2. Come to understand exactly what He accomplished in His mission on earth.
  3. Once we comprehend fully the above two aspects of Christ, his identity and his work, we must then make a decision as to what our personal response to Christ will be.This decision should be made based on our understanding of who Christ was, is, and what he accomplished. Our personal decision must not just be the standard “accept Christ as your personal savior” bit. Instead, it must be formulated deeply in relation to:
  1. How much am I willing to surrender my life and will to Christ?
  2. To what extent am I aware of what following Christ means in general and what it means in my personal situation in particular? Also, to what extent am I aware of what it means to be a Christian disciple within the ever-shifting and highly fluid parameters of this exciting but spiritually challenging age?
  3. The above two points are directly related to Christ’s instructions that a person should “count the costs” of real discipleship. Am I ready to put my hand to the plow and not look back?
  4. In addition to the personal aspects of our response to Christ, we must look at all this in terms of the corporate response to Christ. How is the Body of Christ, in all its various forms, supposed to respond to Christ’s true identity, His accomplishments, and His ongoing mission?

Approaching the faith within the parameters of these four vital questions goes a long way toward giving us a sort of “broad brush” perspective on not only what following Christ means, but specifically, what it means to each of us as individuals.

Further, I think these are questions that every believer should ask himself or herself on a fairly regular basis. I say this because at any given time, the particulars of our response may be different. At one season of life Christ may be calling you to one course of action, while at another time, he may be calling you to another. I say this not from general theory, but from personal experience. Over the course of my life Christ has called me into arenas of service involving not only the church, but also in working with the elderly, with the mentally ill, with alcoholics and drug addicts, with AIDS patients, with the homeless, and even to the mission field in Asia, where I served five years.

I encourage those who read this short article to spend some time in prayerful reflection over these four areas of concern. Ask for insight and wisdom, as well as discernment, and I feel very assured it will be forthcoming in due time.  And I especially encourage you to truly reflect on the incredible, mind-boggling reality of just who and what Jesus Christ was and is. I promise you that if this reality truly penetrates your mind and your heart, you will never, ever be the same.

© L.D. Turner 2012/All Rights Reserved

Wise Words for Today

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...
First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus is like air to the lungs and water to a desert dweller. He is not a religious artifact. He’s not dead. He is alive. He is engaged and engaging. He is here now, changing lives all over this world this very moment. When He walked on earth He changed everything for everyday, for all time. What started then continues today. It can’t be stopped though many have tried. Jesus is the rock of redemption and His church will prevail. He is here in this moment with you, doing what He always does, calling you to a higher place, calling you to break free from convention and stop going to church and start being the church everywhere you go. Let’s be “Jesus people” again. Let’s be men and women whose hearts are captured, redeemed, renewed, enlivened, ignited, set fee! Let’s return to the revolution to be the change we want to see in the world!

David Foster

(from Renegades Guide to God)