Holy Spirit: Renewal

June 26, 2012

Lately I have been wondering more and more about the Holy Spirit.  In a conversation the other day with Preston, he mentioned something quite important along the lines of – “Every renewal movement of the church has been a movement of the Spirit and rooted in a renewed piety.”

I am sure that this is enough to send chills down many a Lutheran spine.  Yet there is something profoundly true about it. We try to restructure churches, we try to reason out new theologies, but it is usually only people’s experience of God that moves and motivates people. Further, one of the things I learned from my research into transformation is the importance of habits. It is not great decisions or great treatise that change our world; rather it is the ongoing daily patterns that, like the water of a stream, move mountains.

So where do we turn first? There is only one place, to again turn to God’s Spirit, to pray that we might be open to its movement, open to its renewal and that we renew this commitment in daily prayer, in daily reading scripture and in our daily practice of love. 

What if…the ELCIC had an R&D program?

October 30, 2009

Most would agree that the UK is now very much a post-Christian nation.  Christians in the UK are having to rebuild the Church from the ground up, and their desire for renewal is truly inspiring.  Consider for a moment that The Alpha Course and Christianity Explored are two British innovations in Christian education, outreach and evangelism.  Perhaps it would be worth a look at how believers in a post-Christian nation are rebuilding and even thriving in their changing cultural climate.  We Canadians are not far behind – do we have a plan for rebuilding the church, or are we just holding on and hoping our out-dated strategies will carry us through the next decade.  Below is a photo of an abandoned old church in Paris I stumbled across a couple years ago.  A timely reminder that Christ-centered renewal and ministry innovation is essential.  History reveals two options: deep change or slow death. Read the rest of this entry »