July 28, 2004

One: An extended look at Church unity and disunity

Links to and summaries of my series of posts inspired by U2's song "One" on the doctrine and practice of unity within the Body of Christ.

"Is it getting better or do you feel the same?"
What ever happened to the "one holy catholic apostolic church?"

"Will it make it easier on you now you've got someone to blame?"
Why are we so quick to exhonorate ourselves for our lack of visible unity?

"You say, 'One love, one life when it's one need in the night.'"
An "invisible" unity can't possibly reveal anything about the gospel to the world.

"One love, we get to share it, it leaves you, baby, if you don't care for it."
Applying the stewardship paradigm to Church unity.

"Did I disappoint you or leave a bad taste in your mouth?"
How can we teach our churches the importance of reconciliation when we're not moving toward reconciliation of the Church?

"You act like you never had love and you want me to go without."
Whose definition of love does the Church's current state of disunity portray, Christ's or the world's?

"It's too late tonight to drag the past out into the light."
The history of Israel shows us that the church can have distinctiveness without disunity.

"We're one, but we're not the same; we get to carry each other."
A look at the Trinity shows that cooperation, not uniformity, is the visible sign of unity.

Coming up:
"Have you come here for forgiveness? Have you come to raise the dead?"


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