Not Necessarily Religious

Some of you reading this blog may find yourselves uncomfortable. After all, this seems to be a religious blog, and you may not necessarily be religious. You might even think that in some underhanded way I’m trying to push religion on you.

Let not your heart be troubled.

For one thing, I hate the word “religion”, and frankly speaking, I rarely define myself as religious, or worse yet, a religious professional. While I operate in and out of a particular institution, a tribe of Christianity called the United Methodist Church, I don’t define who I am or what I believe strictly within the parameters of that institution.

So this blog is a place of conversation and learning for all thoughtful, open-minded, open-hearted people, no matter what you believe or disbelieve. You bring the gift of yourself, and for that and for you, I am grateful.

2 Responses to Not Necessarily Religious

  1. Sandy Drenner

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for your thoughts re John 14:6. I find myself more and more realizing how much Jesus was about the heart. I appreciated that you believe others can find Jesus in different cultures, religions. How do you balance I Corin 12(the body) being devoted, and yet separate yourself from the church institution? Thanks!

    • Hi Sandy! Thanks for leaving your thoughts and inviting some conversation. The Body of Christ is an organic connection of disciples who covenant together to value one another’s gifts and to collectively become the living presence of Jesus for the world. It’s not a religious institution, a building, or a denomination. Yes, being the Body often happens within the framework of an institution. For someone like me and the congregation I serve, that is the case. But, seeing ourselves as the Body of Christ distinct from any religious or institutional structure in which we find ourselves gives us the necessary freedom to self-differentiate and reform the religious institutions to be more faithful… or if absolutely necessary to abolish them altogether so that we can rebuild something more faithfully Christ-like.

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