|If ever a week full of images, Holy Week paints plenty
with the Last Supper, the betrayal and crowing cock, the Crucifixion and wrapping the Body in spices, and, of course, the Resurrection. This year throw in the bombing in Brussels
, complete with first person video, and the Holiest of Weeks once again comes into focus. As you walk through this week, may the truth “He is risen!” bring hope to your suffering and joy to your soul.
“A drop of urine in a bottle of wine ruins the wine, but a drop of wine in a bottle of urine has no effect.” –Rozin & Fallon, “A Perspective on Disgust”
In “disgust psychology,” scientists have labeled some human thinking “magical thinking.” It is thinking that makes no logical sense, yet is profoundly powerful, creating boundaries that are often irreversible. An example is the statement above: A drop of urine in a bottle — probably even a swimming pool — of wine ruins the wine, but a drop of wine in a bottle of urine has no effect. Studies show that even if that wine was filtered, most people would still not drink it because “once impure, always impure.” Logically, in parts per million measurements, this doesn’t make sense and is scientifically beyond demonstration. But once our eyes see and minds determine, the label cannot be removed.
Over the past few months a number of people have requested information about FiveTwo’s use of sacramental, especially in light of the Lutheran Confessions. Below is a paper the FiveTwo leadership has adopted as our positional statement, reinforcing the missional richness of sacramental.
We share this to bring confidence to those inside and outside of our network, demonstrating our purposeful use of language and theology. While diligently seeking new opportunities to reach Jesus’ lost people, we remain historically and sacramentally grounded. While joining adjectives and nouns previously not found in the same thought, let alone same sentence, our intent is to reveal Jesus in ways that engage the listener, especially the listener outside of the Kingdom of God.
Six years ago, when eight men and I took the first steps in starting FiveTwo, I might have briefly thought of leading FiveTwo full-time one day. However, over the past few years and especially the past few months, the tug on my heart to give my full energy and effort to leading FiveTwo has become more than a tug, and the day has arrived. I have decided to step aside from leading CrossPoint Community Church, a ministry my family and I helped plant 18 years ago, in order to lead FiveTwo, a network that fuels sacramental, entrepreneurial people who start new in order to reach new. I’m just as scared and excited as I was when my family landed in Katy, Texas in 1997!
For the last 18 years, my family and I have called CrossPoint home. From the time we landed in Katy in January 1997 and joined 7 other families in launching this ministry until today, we have loved you, this community, and the Jesus who loves us all. It has been one of the most rewarding seasons of our lives. To see you get to know Jesus and grow in His forgiveness, to baptize many of you and your families, and to see the joy in your hearts when your friends and family meet this Jesus as well…what a phenomenally amazing time. Now I am entering another season I hope to be as rewarding and amazing: I am stepping aside from leading CrossPoint, so I can devote my full attention to leading FiveTwo, the church planting network CrossPoint helped found in 2009.
A weekly Szechuan mix of spicy cultural happenings, sprinkled with 1st Article insights and a dash of theological musings, all geared to help the Sacramental Entrepreneur bring Jesus to his hood.
- Regardless of where you live, a fascinating — but sad — read on image, identity and plastic surgery. Nip & Tuck in Brazil, by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro
- “Impact investing” in the social change arena. A Look Into Entrepreneurial Approaches to Social Change, by Jean Case
- Excellent post on using social media to tell story. 9 Ways to Utilize Social Media for Storytelling, by Brian Fanzo
- Revealing secular discussion on the sometimes offensive, always seamlessness of sacramental, allowing 2nd and 3rd article faith to live beyond Sunday. Pagans and Christians, by Ross Douthat
- For the fun in you. George Harrison Explains Why Everyone Should Play the Ukulele, With Words and Music, by Josh Jones
Sacramental community is the petri dish for sacramental entrepreneurs. It’s where the crazy idea of starting new to reach new infiltrates your brain, like that earwig from Star Trek. It’s where you encounter a parallel universe of apostolic geeks, like Big Bang Theory meets the Bible.
Sacramental community happens when a gaggle of geeks sold out for Jesus and growing in how His patented presence uniquely shapes them for kingdom-good, commit to walk together. They are crystal on who Jesus made them to be and committed to live out Jesus shoulder to shoulder. That, muchachos, raises the ceiling. Lots of room for coolness.
What does it really mean when we say "It all begins and ends with Jesus?" Find out by watching this video and please, share with your friends.
If I spent a day with you, what would I discover? If I took a 3-day train ride with you, how would I describe you when we arrived at the station?
Sacramental identity is the unique presence of Christ in you, a God-combo of your Psalm 139 knitting together and your baptism-day-Holy-Spirit washing. It is the predestined, divinely patented you, ordained by your Creator Father for His purposes in the world. In sacramental terms, it is the sacramental Jesus in you, the real presence of Jesus wrapped in your bread and wine.
Just how different are the answers to these two questions: Who are you? And, What do you do?
Think about that for a minute. What’s really the difference?
While one speaks to your nature, the reality is that when you know your identity, what you do flows more easily and naturally. And if you know Jesus, well, you are who you are because of Jesus. And you do what you do because of Jesus.
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