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Every day we come across material that's helpful to those ministering in the Church. Some of it is vital, some of it is just plain interesting. This blog will aim to include a wide mix of resource material: links to other blogs and sites, helpful quotes, anecdotal material you can use, the names of books worth reading and more.
See what the battle in the church is today? It is not abortion. It is not pornography. It is not homsexuality. It is reality. It is honesty. We are afraid to be ourselves, to let ourselves be known, to come out of hiding. What the world is longing to see in the church is not moral purity as much as moral reality. The world wants to see a church that is made up of people who are not afraid of their blemishes, because their blemishes only point to the unblemished character of Jesus. What we don't understand is that when people look at the church and see only imposters, they conclude that Jesus is an imposter. But when they see followers of Jesus who are real, they see a Jesus who is real. The church does not need to fabricate holiness, it needs to seek holiness. Holiness is not where we arrive, but where we are going. The power of the church is not a parade of flawless people, but of a flawless Christ who embraces our flaws. The church is not made up of the whole people, rather of the broken people who find wholeness in a Christ who was broken for us. The church points to Christ, not to ourselves.
Quoted by Sam Harvey on page 279 (chapter 20) of NewVision New Zealand vol III (2008); no source given.