A year-long series of weekly essays re-imagining the Reforming Church. This is not a scholarly effort, crafting neither an ecclesiastical nor a theological system. Rather, it is simply a futurist’s snapshot – it is how I imagine the church proceeding forward through the next decades in the tradition of the Reformation.
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:2
Just a heads up. I will be traveling for the next three weeks and I am not altogether certain that I will keep my self-imposed Sunday deadline. But I will do my best and publish as I am able.
The Apostle Paul writes to the Galatians, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (NRSV 3:28). Similarly, the Reforming Church is one in Christ Jesus, “Red and yellow, black and white”. As the Sunday school song teaches our children, “They are precious in his sight.” Except the Reforming Church expresses this in the first-person plural. They are we. This is true of individual congregations and their leaders as well as regional expressions of the Reforming Church.
The Reforming Church is all who believe in Jesus Christ and serve him, including and making no distinctions between young and old, male and female, racial identity, sexual identity, and cultural/ethnic identity, and language group. The Reforming Church is not blind to these obvious differences between persons and recognizes that whatever the challenge these differences in persons creates they will be bridged, much like the effort to translate the gospel into the languages of the people.
To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever!” – Romans 16:27