Coming from Mark Scandrette in his book Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love
The boundaries for our understanding of what it means to seek the kingdom of God ‘on earth as it is in heaven’ are radically and necessarily expanding. This shift is not isolated to younger people. People of all ages and cultural backgrounds are sensing a pull toward a spirituality that is more holistic, integrative and socially engaged. In recent years increasing numbers of people have mentally ‘checked out’ or physically left the Christian groups they have been part of because they have felt that these contexts are not actually helping them believe, belong or live better. While it may be tempting or convenient to blame church leaders or structures for this, I believe this widespread dissatisfaction is a symptom of the larger challenges we face as a society. Advances in technology, the explosion of information and increasing mobility have created a sense of disequilibrium and social fragmentation. The church, along with every other social institution, is grappling with how to thrive in a rapidly changing, always connected mobile and global culture.
Agree or disagree, patrons, and why or why not?
*pours cup of coffee and waits for stimulating discussion…