July 12, 2017

Missional Roots in Monastic Movements

Cells, conventicles, house churches, underground churches, missional communities ... what they are called does not really matter. Throughout the history of the Church there have been grassroots movements of Christians that have renewed and re-centered the Church's devotion to God and neighbor. These movements provide for us a "history of missional communities" if you will.

Like each of us and like every institution, the Church has always been susceptible to the temptations of money and power. The revival these movements reflected was a subversion of the status quo; resisting the expectations, if not demands, the market and state placed upon Christians in a particular time and place. Demands or expectations that these movements believed broke away from devotion to God and neighbor.

This is not to say that our lapses, meaning "sin", are social or individual. They are always both. It is simply the fact that since the early days of Christian community, it has been money and power that have drawn our attention away from the two commands that Jesus said all of Scripture hinges upon: Love God with every fiber of your being and care for your neighbor as you would care for yourself.

We would often prefer to read Scripture and study church history as if they were somehow unbound from the context within which they were written. Yet, when we begin to read them within their context we see things we may not have seen before.

July 5, 2017

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