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Total Church

I’m trying to get back into the book Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. My sense is that this is a very important book which tries to refine, and in some cases redefine, what we think church is.  I’m about halfway through, but I’m far enough to know that they lay out two complementary principles, both of which must be present for our church efforts to be Biblical. The two principles are gospel and community. Too many of our churches try to make do with just one of those two.

I hope to post more thoughts about this book but I just can’t help sharing this one little story right now.

A friend of mine became a Christian in his twenties. He was a merchant seaman and had never been to church until he was converted. He tells how he was so excited about his first church business meeting. He had been to a few Sunday meetings and had been baptized. Now his first quarterly church meeting was coming up, and he was really looking forward to it. This, as he puts it, was where they were going to plot the downfall of Satan. He was in for a big shock. He discovered the main issue for discussion was the type of toilet paper they should have in the restrooms. It was a big disappointment!

That hits a little too close to home. More on this topic soon, I hope.


OK, this is just fun. Wordle is a web site where you can plug in a piece of text, or another web site, and it will make a word-art poster out of it. You can tinker with the fonts and colors and such. It uses the frequency of the words to decide which ones are more important. Here is one I made by pasting in the entire text of Calvin’s Institutes.

Books for the New Year

There are five books that I have put in front of me as high priority for the New Year. Actually, I should have already finished these books, but as part of my general recovery of discipline (see previous post), I am writing them down publicly so someone can hold me accountable.

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