Keller on Community

“The gospel creates community.  Because it points us to the One who died for his enemies, it creates relationships of service rather than selfishness.  Because it removes both fear and pride, people get along inside the church who could never get along outside…  Thus the gospel creates a human community radically different from any society around it.”

Timothy Keller “Center Church



More thoughts from Spufford

“Of all things, Christianity isn’t supposed to be about gathering up the good people (shiny! happy! squeaky clean!) and excluding the bad people (frightening! alien! repulsive!) for the very simple reason that there aren’t any good people…  What it’s supposed to be is a league of the guilty.”

Francis Spufford “Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense


Death to Life and Once Again… Community

Writing about the television show Community seems to be becoming a weekly affair.  This is because pretty much every episode this season has offered some profound insights.  The episode that I have in mind for this post is “Geothermal Escapism” which aired Jan. 23.  This one joins the ranks of other “epic” Community concept episodes that hook into a particular emotional element in the show.   Continue reading

Community is Back!!! (also some thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

With creator/showrunner Dan Harmon back at the helm, Community is back to it’s former creative genus.  More than this, it’s back to providing us with numerous insights into the human condition. Continue reading

The “Wish Dream” vs. Christian Community: thoughts from Bonhoeffer


“Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it had sprung from a wish dream.  The serious Christian, set down for the first time in a Christian community, is likely to bring with him a very definite idea of what Christian life together should be and to try to realize it.  But God’s grace speedily shatters such dreams.  Just a surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and, if we are fortunate with ourselves.

By sheer grace, God will not permit us to live even for a brief period in a dream world.  He does not abandon us to those rapturous experiences and lofty moods that come over us like a dream…  Only that fellowship which faces such disillusionment, with all its unhappy and ugly aspects, begins to be what it should be in God’s sight, begins to grasp in faith the promise that is given to it.  The sooner this shock of disillusionment comes to an individual and to a community the better for both. Continue reading

What the Church Could Learn from Greendale Community College


I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a huge fan of the  show Community.  The biggest reason I love it is that for all its off the wall hilarity, it offers a surprising depth and insight into the human condition.

Community3x08_0019More than this, Community even offers some themes that from a Christian standpoint give me pause.   This is especially true in the episode “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux” that I came across in recently in a marathon viewing session.  In this episode, Jeff Winger offers a definition of the Church that beats anything I’ve come across in my life. Continue reading