I've really been enjoying Leonard Sweet's new book, The Gospel According to Starbucks. The book has a great rhythm and some really interesting facts about one of my favorite things in the world - Starbucks Coffee.
The spiritual challenges in the book are convicting and right on. Here are a few pieces to chew on:
The problem is not that Christianity can't be believed, but that it can't be practiced because of its lack of lived experience. And it can't be observed by others because there are too few Christians who are radical enough to manifest what the gospel really looks like.
An evangelist, in a biblical setting, is a bearer of the gospel, a "story catcher" of good news, a storyteller of the glory of God.
The dominant story of the Scriptures, from Genesis to the maps, is the story of how God takes what is worst, least and most contemptible and does what is greatest, best, and strongest.
The basic question of life is this: is God a reality to be experienced or a belief to be remembered?
The basic question of the Christian life is this: is Christ a living force to be experienced or a historical figure to be reckoned with?
It makes me nauseatingly sick that half a dozen megachurches in USAmerica cast the molds for what goes on in the majority of Christian churches around the world. It's not their fault. It's ours.
Check out Len's book here.