One of my good friends from Furman just recently kicked off a blog.  He’s a smart guy and his first post made me think.  Here’s another juxtaposition — this one dealing with unity in the Gospel:

Bearing

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3)

United

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1 Cor 1:10)

Accursing

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.  For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Gal 1:8-10)

Note: These types of posts are intentionally vague.  My goal is to spurn thoughts and even comments and conversation.  Feel free to share your thoughts.

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I’ve been reading a lot about the local church lately and can’t help but find the term itself a bit comical, though I agree it’s an important concept.  The reason I chuckle is that I personally drive past over a dozen churches no more than a block off the main road I take on my way to church in the morning.  I am sure I am passing brothers driving the opposite direction to worship at those other churches…what if we could scrap it all and start over?  Could we allocate Christians from the same neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, etc. so that they can more easily do ministry in these aforementioned places?  To make it happen would we be willing to make compromises on tertiary issues of music availability, building designs, preaching styles, etc.?  How about secondary issues involving non-essential doctrine and ordinances/sacraments?  Is it better that church is so democratized for us today?  Or is it preventing us from really practicing Eph 4:1-6?  Comments are always welcome.  Happy Lord’s Day!