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3 Responses to “Castle Christians”

  1. Ron. Morley says:

    Mike’:
    Grace Fellowship Church just held a Saturday event called Be The Bridge, where communal Christians intentionally crossed the racial divides and, in Christian love became Bridge Brothers. It was the first of its kind here in Baltimore but their are multiple chapters in the US. I believe it is an honest attempt at starting the healing that needs to occur in racial areas. We Christians , if not purposeful, are full of implicit bias , as opposed to explicit bias. I think Christians fear this crossing over the mote. But the only thing stronger than fear is hope. Intentionally hope , if we cross over , that we will keep Jesus first. In this racial area things aren’t the way they ought to be , but the way it currently is , is not it can be , or will be. His kingdom
    Come , on Earth as iit is in Heaven!

  2. Byron Borger says:

    You are so gifted at naming so many important trends and making insightful proposals, with such a good use of history and metaphors. Keep it up, brother. I’ve always admired your thoughtful work and wise perspectives (I learn so much) but the last few have been gold — and fire! Yay.

    By the way, keep an eye open for a soon to be released IVP book by Jake Meador called “In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World.” It includes some really clear explanations about modernity, a really clear and compelling summary of Charles Taylor and some generative stuff about ordinary practices to help us not be “castle Christians.” Tim Keller wrote a very good foreword. It’s going to be a helpful resource with the sort of blend of historical acumen and practical energy that you model for us here.

  3. Larry A. says:

    I am a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for thirty-one years. One of the things A.A. does well is institutional work; bringing our message of recovery & hope through a lifestyle founded on spiritual principles to rehabs, detoxes, prisons, and mental health facilities. The fact that those principles are derived largely from the New Testament is “news” to some, although anyone who has studied both texts (New Testament & Alcoholics Anonymous) would notice it. This work is in the DNA of A.A. I believe God revealed to our founders a need to share their recovery with others similarly afflicted. Bill especially “recruited” alcoholics from sanitariums and hospitals. Our text has an entire chapter devoted to “Working with Others”. It is replete with warnings about “speaking down from a moral or spiritual hilltop to the new comer. I have been involved in only one Church that did similar outreaches to a drug and alcohol rehab for veterans in Baltimore (The Baltimore Station). The biggest barrier to that now is “enhanced” security that many jails and prisons have. They require significant personal information at least two weeks in advance so they can run background checks. Outside of that roadblock, many groups send representatives to tell their stories inside detoxes, rehabs, prison, etc. Planting seeds.

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