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fugitive ecclesia: a column in The Mennonite

September 25th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

The Mennonite recently printed a short piece I wrote about church. There’s nothing original about it. I basically rip off a couple lines from an article my friend Peter Dula wrote. His article is much better. You can read what I wrote here: Fugitive Church.

Our communion in Christ’s Spirit is not a possession, something we can make happen with the right new pastor or a new initiative. Disciples aren’t magicians who wave wands and cast spells to make the Spirit fall and conjure a community. Instead, Christ is a beckoning presence, and we follow by stumbling into the alluring grace of the Holy Spirit, which comes with a companion, with the intimacy of two or three.

Tags: published · spirituality · theology

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gerald Mast // Oct 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I liked your article, Isaac. Can you tell me where Peter Dula’s piece was published?

  • 2 isaac // Oct 21, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Prof. Mast, thanks for reading the article. Dula’s essay is a chapter from his dissertation. Hopefully the diss will be published soon. But I also heard that his “Fugitive Ecclesia” essay will be published soon in an edited volume. I’ll get back to you when I discover more details.