As I procrastinated posting on my own blog today I am came across two outstanding posts from my colleagues. The first is by Carey Nieuwhof, Lead Pastor of Connexus in Barrie and Orillia, Ontario. In his post, Shift Responsibility, Fuel Your Growth, Carey asks the question, “Who is responsible for your spiritual growth?” and gives a straightforward answer: You are.
Many act as if it is up to the church to ensure that we are growing spiritually. This isn’t quite right. The church can certainly help a person to grow in their relationship with Christ but, at the end of the day, it’s not up to the church to make sure that we’ve grown in our faith.
The second great post I came across is from a neighbouring colleague, Darryl Dash, pastor of Richview Baptist in Toronto, Ontario. Pastor Dash writes an insightful review of Brian McLaren’s book, A New Kind of Christianity.
I haven’t read the book, and I’m not certain that I’m going to, but Dash’s review is nonetheless helpful for those seeking to remain informed regarding the shifts in the theological landscape around us. I hugely appreciate Dash’s efforts in reading McLaren’s book and sharing with us his keen and discerning observations.