A Church of Mercy

(cross-posted from simplyxian.com)

Protestants, especially conservatives and/or Evangelicals, are often hesitant to champion social causes or acts of mercy…typically equating them with the ‘social gospel’ of the early 20th century and its associated liberal theology. The connection, however, is clearly unwarranted and unscriptural.  Hopefully that incorrect connection will soon fade away into memory as more and more Christians get involved in reaching out to help those in need, as Jesus did.

Richard Stearns’ Hole in Our Gospel is a powerful antidote to this kind of thinking.  If you haven’t read it, you should.  You won’t be able to put it down, and then you won’t be able to get it out of your head.  Also, Jeremy Tate has just written a wonderful post of being a Church of mercy.  While I don’t agree with his conclusion that her consistent acts of mercy show the Roman Catholic Church to be the one true church, the example set by Catholicism in this respect is definitely humbling and worthy of others’ imitation.

read: A Church of Mercy

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making changes…

It’s been a while since I’ve written consistently here at Taking Thoughts Captive.  After my last few posts I deliberately took some time off from writing to figure out how to implement some of the ideas I’ve been writing about at simply, Christian.  I considered many things, including:

  • not blogging anymore at all…let’s be honest, it takes a lot of time and effort
  • switching to a Tumblr blog to force me to focus on more concise posts
  • changing exclusively to a photoblog…as a visual person a picture is worth many, many words

None of those ideas really sat well with me. I like to write. I like to interact. I like to share my ideas with others. At the same time, part of simple Christian living means making good on my desire to cut back on the time I spend online–both reading and writing–in order to spend more time with family, more time focusing on others, more time changing the world, etc.

With these ideas in mind, here is how I plan to implement those ideas…here is what you can expect as I continue to write here:

  • more links to others’ blogs…there are a lot of GREAT writers out there, no sense reinventing the wheel here
  • more links to causes…I’ve been remiss lately in pointing us to how/where we can make a real difference
  • more ‘simple thoughts’…well-worded, concise quotes that speak volumes beyond their word counts
  • more photos…as they speak for themselves
  • fewer book reviews…plenty of folks are writing plenty of reviews and, honestly, it’s gotten to be a chore

If it looks like the same focus I’m trying to implement at simply, Christian, you’re right.  I hope you’ll like my new focus.  Of course, if you don’t, you’re free to move along.