(Chapter 1) The Search to Belong – a review by chapter

Myths of Belonging

The Search to Belong is a about community, more specifically about the type and substance of relationships that form a community in the church today. It strikes me as a “what’s been done and what’s to come sort of book that emphasizes the paradigm shift of post-modern thought and how that relates to the church and the functions of community in it.

“Community is a complex creature. Many factors contribute to finding successful community. With the erosion of the geographically close family and the heightened mobility of our culture, many people struggle to learn healthy competencies for community.”
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(Intro) The Search to Belong – a review by chapter

It is easily forgotten that the fellowship of Christian brethren is a gift of grace, a gift of the Kingdom of God that any day may be taken from us, that the time that still separates us from utter loneliness may be brief indeed. Therefore, let him who until now has had the priviledge of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart. Let him thank God on his knees and declare: It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s quote is a clear representation of the how I personally see community. I wanted to start off with this quote to give you feel of perspective concerning the review you are about to read. I can’t help but color my wording with my perspective on things. So I will just warn you ahead of time that I can be quite… dogmatic, on the issue of community and the place of it in the believer’s faith journey.

The posts over the next weeks will be a review of The Search for Belong by Joseph Myers, actually more of a Cliff’s Notes (should I put a TM here?), for the benefit of my brothers and sisters at the bluer Vineyard at the bequest of my pastor. The idea being that, if one who has passion for the topic of a certain book can condense the main points of that book into manageable bits, many can benefit from the thoughts presented of the book without having to actual read the whole volume of work. It is an idea born from a society with too many commitments and not enough time. This may or may not work, who knows? One thing is for certain I will enjoy the effort and I hope that you do also.

The Tyrany of American Freedom

Oh yeah, I said it and I meant it! We subjugate our enemies by the influence that we wield over the monarchies and/or dictatorships of other countries.

Look at Saudi Arabia and their institution of a state run program through which all, I say again, all charities for the country will be funneled through. In short, all charity in Saudi Arabia is to be strictly regulated by the state.
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