Friday, February 01, 2008



Well sort of. I had planned on traveling to Indianapolis this morning to make a hospital call, but the weather had something to say about that! I will try again tomorrow!

I came across this quote from Dallas Willard. I have not read the book it comes from, The Spirit of the Disciplines, but I found it interesting.

Contemporary American churches in particular do not require following Christ in his example, spirit, and teachings as a condition of membership — either of entering into or continuing in fellowship of a denomination or a local church. . . . Most problems in contemporary churches can be explained by the fact that members have not yet decided to follow Christ.

I probably really need to read his book, (but I am not sure I could stomach it) to get this into context, but is he really saying that people who are involved in "contemporary churches" are not really Christians.

Is anyone familiar with this book and can speak to it?


Anonymous said...

Steve, I've never heard of the book, but I wouldn't waste time reading it. Why would anyone bother to join a church, attend services, and be involved in good works if not to follow the teachings and work of Christ? Looks like a sad case of yet another author and publishing house willing to slam religion in our society.

Anonymous said...

I think he's saying that people who join churches do so because they want to belong to something rather than follow Christ. I think the church's job is to show everyone HOW to follow Christ, to hold Him up as an example.