30.12.09

Urbana Day 4 - I'm a better Christian than you

The day's only half over but I've got some down time... figure if I write something now, tonight's can be shorter (meaning I get to sleep earlier!)

Ok, so it's been relatively low-key so far. Following the morning session (with altar call,) we (the family group) all split up for some well-deserved alone time. Urbana generously made today the "slow" day, meaning there are no afternoon workshops, allowing for some to catch up on sleep, some to meet new friends, and others to simply sit and reflect upon the lessons of the past three days.

Andi, Jenna, Gerrit and I met around three (so two hours ago) to discuss our thoughts about the conference and what we can take back to campus. Several things stood out: the call to be more radical, the desire to live simply, and the realization that compartmentalizing life, and more importantly, faith, will never allow faith to grow. Our discussion of note revolved around the issue of spiritual pride; how we can hinder believers around us by making fun of the ways of others. That is to say, if and when we consider our own faith approach superior, then we're missing the point, and God becomes nothing more than something we use to make ourselves feel bigger.

Anyway, pray for continued discernment and discussion. Tonight is the commitment altar call for those who feel called to full-time ministry... I have a feeling it's going to be a powerful one.

Love to those of you who read this and pray. You are blessed.

3 comments:

  1. compartmentalizing life. too easy.

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  2. wait. what does this mean?:

    "Several things stood out: the call to be more radical, the desire to live simply, and the realization that compartmentalizing life, and more importantly, faith, will never allow faith to grow."

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  3. Dang, I had a huge answer all typed out for you and then I read this message and realized you just wanted clarification on some weird sentence structure. Sad times...

    Yeah, I mean compartmentalizing faith. I assume you know what compartmentalizing life means... I definitely think the same thing can be done with faith, to even more dangerous consequences.

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