Included in this week’s issue:
Does Church Make a Difference in Marriage?
As we have shown before, it is an oft-stated falsehood that the divorce rate is as high in the church as it is in the world. In fact, very recent academic research shows us that those who regularly attend church are 47 percent less likely to ever divorce. Science shows your preaching matters in at least one way, my friend!
The Richness of the Body of Believers
Anyone who knows Bonhoeffer’s work knows his wonderful book Life Together, reflecting on the boundless power and gift of the communion of the saints. I like these words from that book as it explains the importance of why the intimacy and community of your church is so vital to Christian discipleship and human well-being.
“The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer… The believer feels no shame, as though he were still living too much in the flesh, when he yearns for the physical presence of other Christians. Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ.
“It means, first, that a Christian needs others because of Jesus Christ. It means, second, that a Christian comes to others only through Jesus Christ. It means, third, that in Jesus Christ we have been chosen from eternity, accepted in time, and united for eternity.”
The Virtue of the Old
One of the cancers of our culture today is our fascination with and prejudice toward what is new and trendy. Fortunately, our young people in the church are increasingly rejecting this in many ways, desiring truths and practices more rooted in the long age of Christ’s Church. In this regard, I came across this quote from the great Chesterton from his great book Orthodoxy.
“Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”