Reality is in the Meal, Not the Menu: 'Monday Morning Musings - October 26, 2020'

Just because you have memorized a restaurant’s menu, does not mean you know anything about the reality of what the menu represents. The reality is in the meal, not the menu. Within Protestantism we have had 500+ years of “preaching the Word.” It is assumed that in so-doing we have faithfully discharged Christ’s mandate. If better or more preaching was necessary for the kingdom of Jesus to grow in Western cultures, we would be far better off spiritually and civically than we are today. The world is not waiting for another sermon. The world is waiting to see some people who resemble and act like, the Firstborn of many brethren (Romans 8:28 ff). The world does not need another lecture. It is high time that those who espouse a message and expect others to conform their lives to that message, bear a family resemblance to the One whom they preach. The essence of Christianity is incarnational, transformational, and manifestational, not informational.

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3 comments on “Reality is in the Meal, Not the Menu: 'Monday Morning Musings - October 26, 2020'

  1. Steve,everyone needs to listen to this one multiple times! This is the message the body is starving from.Let the western mentality of “ numbers”die and co -resurrected sons & daughters emerge As servants. . . .
    Thanks!

  2. Stephen, not sure if my comment got through, but this was an excellent word as always. Had an opportunity after I heard your message to express the comment: “I feel your pain”to a neighbor who’s dog had died and after saying that it led to other loving Christlike affirmations to him.
    Thanks!

  3. This is so true. It’s so sad that most Christians don’t live this way. I was one of them. Since beginning my journey reexamining the typical modern church beliefs, I have also come to this conclusion. In the story, “Same Kind of Difference as Me”, the homeless man didn’t change because of a sermon. He changed when someone recognized him and befriended him and sat with him.

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