James at “Idle musings of a bookseller” recently started reading the book Missional Small Groups. He recommended that I read the book, and then he started posting a few excerpts on his blog. If the past is any indication, he’ll continue to post excerpts (probably after ETS and SBL).
Here’s part of the latest excerpt from his post “There must be more“:
If we don’t live in a way that is distinctive from our culture, then why not? If we are going to be satisfied with living our lives like the rest of the world and adding a weekly sermon and a small group Bible study on top, then what exactly are we up to in the church? Isn’t there more?
The excerpt begins (part that I didn’t quote) by noting that the rhythms of the lives of most people (including Christians) are “shaped by the broader culture.” It’s true. I’ve seen it in my own life and in the lives of others.
Are we satisfied with that? Are we willing to break those rhythms and step into a new kind of life? It won’t happen until we stop thinking first about ourselves and our desires and even our needs.
Are we going to be satisfied?