The uncommon community

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV84). The first century Christians used the Greek word koinonia to describe their new community. This word is most often translated “fellowship” in the New Testament. It may also be translated

Tattoos, tribes and true community

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 (NIV84) What makes a true community? People use the word community to describe all sorts of social groups. But what constitutes a “true” (real, authentic, fully realized) community? If we are born into the same

Serving in two places

“But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,even

Becoming a team

“Christ makes us one body and individuals who are connected to each other” (Romans 12:5 GW). The USA Men’s Olympic Basketball team seems destined for a gold medal in London in 2012, but nothing should be taken for granted. The one thing that we’ve learned is that just sending a bunch of NBA stars to

Who gets your gold medal?

“Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!” (Philippians 4:4 Msg). Have you been staying up past your bedtime to celebrate with those who have won gold medals this week? Every evening NBC has ordered up their coverage in such a way that leaves us hanging on until Midnight to see if