What the church can learn from The Giver

the-giver-novelJonas wasn’t interested, just then, in wisdom. It was the colors that fascinated him. “Why can’t everyone see them? Why did colors disappear?”

The Giver shrugged. “Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.” He thought for a moment. “We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” [1]

A long time ago as a kid, I read The Giver. I read it for school and as an adult most of what I could remember was that there was a community that lived life in black and white, then there was a kid who could see red, he met with an old man and then he escaped from the community. Recently, we watched the movie and so I was intrigued enough to go back and read the book. When I read it, I realized how much of the book I had forgotten or probably never even really understood when I read it the first time. While I was reading it, I was reading Scot McKnight’s A Fellowship of Differents at the same time. I don’t know if was the combination of those two books or just a sudden realization that The Giver has a lot to teach the church. Continue reading

Are you listening?

Over the past 8 months, people have been doing a lot of talking. From Ferguson to Baltimore, there have been a wide variety of opinions about what happened, what should have happened, how people should react, and how people should not react. Now you may have friends or people in your social media sphere that have been directly involved with has been happening around America since Ferguson, but aside from one friend who has participated in a protest, I don’t follow anyone who is or was closely involved to any of the recent events. That being said, my feeds have been filled with commentary on whatever the most current event is. On top of that the majority of the people in my social media feeds are white. Continue reading

What Should the Church Look Like?

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What should the church look like? Who should make up the church? These are very important questions that most of us don’t stop to ask. Many would answer that Christians should make up the church. Some would say that the broken, needy, and hurting should be in the church. These are good answers, but Scot McKnight wants to help us answer this question. In his recent book A Fellowship Of Differents, his answer to the question, “What then is the church supposed to be?” is a mixed salad. The church should be made up of a different people. What most of us see and are accustomed to, however, is a group of people who are all relatively similar. While the church that I grew up in had different kinds of people, the overwhelming majority of them seemed to be like me. Continue reading