Sunday, May 10, 2015

Guder: fate to face

Sunday, May 10, 2015
    [Jesus:] “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
    —John 15:12-13 (NIV)
    New forms of community, shaped largely by media and consumer choices, are displacing many of the former structures of community. But they carry with them a major drawback: they often do not bring persons into face-to-face relationships. Many people today desperately search for a face-to-face community, “a place where everybody knows your name.” Yet many remain alone, trapped in the individualism of the modern condition. Social and ethnic diversity represents a threat, not a resolution.
    ... Darrell L. Guder, Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1998, p. 43 (see the book)
    See also John 15:12-13; 13:34-35; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 3:11,23; 4:11-12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, free this generation from its isolation.
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