Reimagining Community: It’s Not What But How

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Reimagining Community: It’s Not What But How

The past few weeks I’ve been summarizing some of the rhythms of ministry that characterize Pillar Community Church.

Many of them – likely all of them – are active in any congregation professing belief in Christ.

At Pillar, it’s not really ‘what’ our rhythms are, but ‘how’ we practice them that prove to be distinctive.

Not better, mind you.

Just distinct.…
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Distorted Desires and the Rhythms of Grace!

In Formation, Freedom, Marriage, Purpose and Meaning, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

“I have been, madam, a wicked creature, as you and all flesh and blood are.” –Shakespeare

These words of Shakespeare sound like the Hebrew prophet, Jeremiah, who said, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who knows how bad it is?”

Our desires – in and of themselves – are not bad, sinful or unnatural.  They are God-given and, when aimed toward God, they produce amazing outcomes. I believe, for example that all of humanity share at least three fundamental desires,

The Desire for
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WORD, QUOTE OR SAYING OF THE WEEK: DESIRE

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“What do you want me to do for you?” is actually the question Jesus asked most frequently in the New Testament.  He knew that being in touch with desire has the potential to shape decisions and affect the overall trajectory and outcomes of a person’s life.  Desire, rightly identified and effectively harnessed, eventually gives way to the hope that what we desire really could come to pass and the faith to live as though it were real. ~Ruth Haley Barton

~Ruth Haley Barton, Life Together in Christ, pg. 72

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Transforming Community: The Ongoing Project of Us!

In Community, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey2 Comments

My children are all teenagers. As such, I am no longer on edge when they are near a hot stove. I no longer fear they will reach out and touch the glimmering light on the stove top.

Why? Because, by now, they have experienced enough of life to know that fire burns.

How? Because my wife and I taught them at a young age: If you touch something hot, you will get burned.

C.S. Lewis called this subduing the soul to reality. That is, ordering life around what we know …
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