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links for 2010-01-26

  • "As I indicated in the first post in this series, I think authenticity is important, even indispensable in Christian communities. But it is not a sufficient rule of practice to tell us either how to act (because we’re being authentic) or how we shouldn’t (because doing a particular action wouldn’t be authentic).

    Our rule of life is not who we are, but who we are being made to be in Christ, and the road he has led us on by which to get there: the way of the cross, which is the way of death, which is the formative narrative that determines what our life in community looks like."

    I promise I won't start linking every post, but this series from Dr. J. R. Daniel Kirk is really good stuff. Quickly becoming a favorite blog of mine.

  • Geof is upfront, as ever, about his struggles with mental illness. A good brother who needs our prayers.
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  1. Andrew Andrew


    Good link! i enjoyed it, and the last one. I am, however, a little confused as to the whole 'authentic' speech.

    On one hand he seems to say, 'authenticity is essential', and on the other, 'authenticity is insufficient'.. I guess I'm looking for his true definition of authenticity. it seemed to come up and that being authentic isn't always being godly; say, sleeping with your girlfriend. from that example, I saw authentic as meaning 'what comes naturally'.

    If that be the case, then i would say that everyone lost in sin is rather authentic. They do what comes naturally. I would also completely agree with him that authenticity in the Christian community is essential and would imply a change of the heart and desires, leading to 'natural godly behavior', as opposed to law bound service. I dont know if that's what he was speaking to directly, but it's just what i though of as i was typing this.

    Lastly, I thoughts this line was the glue to it all…. "Our rule of life is not who we are, but who we are being made to be in Christ"..

  2. Chris, thanks for the links. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog.

    Grace & peace,
    Daniel Kirk

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