There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

To Church!!

This from Gary Thomas, author of, among other things, Sacred Marriage, but the following comes from a more recent work, Authentic Faith:

When God calls us to himself, he calls us to his church, to a purpose bigger than ourselves. This may sound shocking to some, but biblically, living for God means living for His church. There is a glory in the presence of Jesus Christ, seen when believers come together, that will necessarily be missing in an individual pursuit of God. When the gospel is turned from a community-centered faith to an individual-centered faith (“Jesus would have died for me if I had been the onle one!”), we eclipse much of its power and meaning.

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  W.Nielsen wrote @

Music to my ears Patrick. This is my Derridian attempt at contribution: Even the individual is an individual because he is not another individual person. That is to say, we are as individuals what we are always with reference to the community in which we live. And now for my Christian spin: We are always individuals with reference to the community that is formed in Christ, through Christ and by Christ.–>

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