nonreligious+christian, together at last
As husband, father, and pastor with several organizations and projects within projects in tow, it’s with some real trepidation that I start this blog. Seeded with the remains of an old blog long abandoned, I’ll try to start again and remain faithful to the posting. Or remembering Yoda: Try not. Do or do not; there is no try… I’ll just do. And some days I’ll do not. Hopefully the do days will be enough.
By way of helping those do days along, I’ll publish some older writings, messages, and excerpts from The Fifth Way along with new thoughts, messages, and curated material–all exploring that intersection between faith and spirituality and the everyday details of life. After all, what good is faith and spiritualilty if they don’t intersect with each detail of our lives? If they don’t have a measurable effect on those details?
Nonreligious Christian spirituality is spirituality that is always tethered to and defined by the effect it has on the quality of our closest relationships–not the religious tenets or creeds of any particular denomination or sect. And though the term Christian is loaded enough now to form vastly different images and emotions in each hearer, any other term would be even more misleading. To be Christian is to follow Jesus: to be Christian nonreligiously is to produce the same effect in our lives that Jesus produced in his. It’s a matter of extension. Religion chases a cause–nonreligion chases the effect.
At the same time, nonreligious Christian spirituality can be practiced very well–maybe best–in religious settings. There’s nothing wrong with religion; it’s just not the main ingredient. It’s an expression of the main ingredient.
And that main ingredient is what we’ll try to sneak up on, thought by thought and post by post…on the do days.