Reflections at Blue Point

Link the WANNABEE COOL in Wall Street Journal

Here is a link to an article about COOLNESS in the Wall Street Journal, by the author of the book Hispter Christianity


Some closing thoughts from the Wall Street Article linked above...what do you think?

“If the evangelical Christian leadership thinks that "cool Christianity" is a sustainable path forward, they are severely mistaken. As a twentysomething, I can say with confidence that when it comes to church, we don't want cool as much as we want real.

“If we are interested in Christianity in any sort of serious way, it is not because it's easy or trendy or popular. It's because Jesus himself is appealing, and what he says rings true. It's because the world we inhabit is utterly phony, ephemeral, narcissistic, image-obsessed and sex-drenched—and we want an alternative. It's not because we want more of the same.

Listen closely and consider what the catechism teaches about the Church and where we will find her. Walther says in his 5 thesis of Church and Ministry, we will find her

“Hence, wherever, along with the divine Word, the sacrament of Holy Baptism is administered, there the invisible gates of the church are opened; there people will be found who believe and are saved; there the Lord is graciously present; there we have an infallible mark of the church’s existence; there we must joyously exclaim: “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. How sacred is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Gen. 28:16–17). Scripture tells us the same also of the Lord’s Supper, for so we read (1 Cor. 10:17): “We being many are one bread and one body, for we are all partakers of that one bread.” Again (1 Cor. 12:13): “By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body … and have all been made to drink into one Spirit”. Wherever, therefore, the Word of God is preached and Holy Baptism and the Sacrament of the body and blood of Christ are administered, there are members of the body of Christ. There we must assume: Here is a holy Christian church.”

Walther, C. (1999). Church and ministry : Witness of the Evangelical Lutheran Church on the question of the church and the ministry (electronic ed.) (68). St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

Doxology Link

Here is a link to a Doxology Chapel Service, as we sing a Martin Franzman hymn...

Worship at Chiara Center (Springfield, IL) [HQ]

Book mentioned in Sermon for Sunday, August 8

The book mentioned in the sermon on Sunday was Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker. To listen to an interview with the author which summarizes some of the ideas presented in the book, please click on the link below.

There is a PDF file with a transcript for those who would like to read the comments.

The call of this sermon was a call to seek Christ in a very difficult world. To come to learn and receive the things that make for peace.