The Church is Not the People

I can’t help but point you to this delightful article by my friend David Ketter.

Yup. You read that right. Let me write it one more time. The Church is not the people.

Now, before all the torches, stakes, and lions are let loose, let’s have a little talk about this. After all, one of the most important things to understand biblically, once you’ve got a biblical (orthodox) understanding of God, is the Church. Jesus died for the Church. God formed the Church to accomplish His mission. The Spirit indwells, sanctifies, and empowers the Church to fulfill God’s will. So what’s the Church? Most of us grew up to the prophetic call of respected Christians telling us “The Church is not a building.” They were right. Now it’s our time to recognize what God speaks into our own day: “The Church is not the people.”

I would simply add one caveat as you finish his brief article: the church is still made up of people. But David will remind you what kind of people – and more.

Prayer for Steve Saint

The son of Nate Saint was involved in an accident that has left him partially paralyzed.

Steve Saint, whose company, I-Tec, develops products for use in indigenous missionary work, was seriously injured during a Tuesday morning aerodynamic test of an aluminum wing.

Saint, 61, was conducting the test of the wing at the Dunnellon-based company when it came off the frame and struck him in the head. The blow left him partially paralyzed below the neck, said Troy Townsend, chief operating officer at I-Tec, which stands for The Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Ministry Center

You can read the rest of the story here.

Challies’ Disagrees with Piper about Christianity’s “Masculine Feel”

Fascinating, and I think helpful, additions to the discussion from Tim Challies. Challies writes:

John Piper sparked quite a storm with his biographical message on the “frank and manly” J. C. Ryle. One of his conclusion was that Christianity is meant to have a masculine feel to it… I find that I do not agree. For those of you who are given to over-reaction, just breathe—I am allowed to disagree and I’m sure Piper is just fine with people disagreeing. If you don’t have a category for charitable disagreement on secondary matters, you need to develop one! I still love the man, but want to offer an alternative to his masculine Christianity.

Read the rest here. (HT: Denny Burk)

This also reminded me of the opposing view and conversation led my one of my favorite writers Douglas Wilson.

Revolution in Physical Mail: Outbox

Friend Evan Baehr is developing an incredible product that I just can’t be any more excited about. I constantly find myself hating dealing with my physical mail and ready to fully organize and digitize my life. My productivity, I believe, will be greatly improved by this new product:

With as much time as we spend emailing people, it can be easy to forget how big the physical mailing market still is. In fact, its size (and wastefulness) is one of the underlying reasons why physical mailing is so ripe for innovation. And Austin-based startup, Outbox, is one startup that is looking to take on this market by piggybacking the existing mail infrastructure, digitizing it, and making a nice profit off the top.

Outbox provides a service that will no doubt prove popular, once it finally launches nation-wide. The company securely intercepts and scans physical, letter-sized mail, catalogs, bills, and anything else that one would receive in the mail. With same-day turnaround, the service then pushes the email to your iPad, where the mail can be read, tagged, and stored indefinitely. Yes, it seems obvious, but Outbox seems further along than any competitors to making the goal a reality.

I know many worry about how Outbox will deal with packages, personal mail, and magazines. Do not fear:

Since the operation is focused on security as much as usability, the actual disposal of the mail is actually more secure than if it wasn’t intercepted at all. After all, how many of you scan, encrypt, and shred your mail when you receive it?

Obviously, not all mail should be scanned though, and the Outbox team is aware of this. If you’re getting a package from Amazon, it isn’t very useful to have a scan of packing slip sent to your iPad. So the company will still forward the larger items to you, without a delay. For magazines and catalogs, you can view them in full on the iPad, or have them sent on for a better reading experience. It’s this apparent seamlessness that makes the service seem too good to be true.

You can read Trevor Gilber’s review of the product at PandoDaily.