[RadCast] The Fasting God Ignored :::

God cares about our motives. The people fasted, checking the box for religious duty, yet they mistreated people and abused power. As we journey toward Lent, we reflect on our own motives in following him. It is painful… as all growth tends to be (Isaiah 58:3-4).
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Consumerism and Church

Consumer culture is a profound problem for contemporary religious belief and practice. Beyond the excesses of consumerism lie cultural dynamics that incline people to engage religious belief as if they were consumer commodities.

– Vincent Miller, Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture (link)

Miller’s is a profound book with predictable content and conclusions. I don’t say that because it’s simplistic or banal, but because it outlines what most of us in ministry already know, namely that commodified church threatens to derail the journey of a disciple.

The author goes on:

When consumption becomes the dominant cultural practice, belief is systematically misdirected from traditional religious practices into consumption. (…) When members of consumer cultures sincerely embrace religious traditions, they encounter them in a fragmented, commodified form. Beliefs, symbols, and even practices come abscracted form their connections to one another. (…) Thus, religious belief is always in danger of being reduced to a decorative veneer of meaning over the vacuousness of everyday life in advanced capitalist societies.

I read this and feel immediately compelled to repent of anything I’ve ever done in ministry to promote, whether by accident or to build something, a consumer culture. I also realize the work ahead of us in a post-Christian nation that may finally have the revival that we’re all praying for — as long as it’s not a decorative veneer, right? Revival for any other reason than personal holiness is nothing more than a new experience for bored consumers like you and me. If we could buy Christlikeness… would we?

Thinking and praying about this. What are your thoughts?

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[RadCast] Bread of Life & Moldy Whoppers :::


Jesus said “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry…” (John 6:35). Our spiritual diets leave us empty and void. He knows that & invites our souls to be nourished. http://www.radamdavidson.com

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[RadCast] Helping Families in Mental Illness :::

God is a healer, and the church is to be the hands of healing for people in need. As you know, our family has been on quite the journey, yet the support of the church has made the healing of Jesus tangible for us (Psalm 103:1-5).

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[RadCast] Bad days, seeking God, getting help:::

All of us have bad days, feeling abandoned by people and God. No matter what, we always run back to the Lord. Our self-talk shifts as we focus on God’s faithfulness even when it doesn’t feel like it.

However… sometimes we need more help because it’s not “just spiritual.” That’s when we seek the pros. If you’ve got a thing against counseling/therapy, go to www.ourrenovation.church/media and watch the Mental Health series.

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[RadCast] Grapes:::

I don’t know much about vines and branches, but I do know about grapes. Jesus said “I’m the grape vine, you’re a grape branch, and the plan is for you to make more grapes” (my loose paraphrase of John 15:1-2)

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[RadCast] Loving the Intangible :::

The Apostle Peter says “though you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him…” how does that work for His followers? How does that work for a world that needs to see Jesus? (1 Peter 1:8-9)

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