I feel as though I am being dragged into this “blog” thing kicking and screaming. I do not think it is at all indicative of who we are as a body and what we are all thinking. I think it reflects the conversations of about 10% of our body, most of whom are under 35. It is not a manner in which I wish to participate in such conversations, but the most effective way to communicate to those who need to hear my protest is to post it on the blog.
In regard to the comments of Chris and Kyle about and idolatry of the family – In David Langford’s paper “Church: The First Family” in the section titled Family, Culture and the Kingdom he states that “Family is the primary institution for the transmission of culture.” He does not elaborate on whether he is talking about all families in general or church families in particular. Within the church the family should be the primary institution for the transmission of the Christian faith – not culture. Later in the article in the section titled A supernatural Community he says “. . . faith best supports the family by creating a community in which the counter-cultural values of the Kingdom are taught and parents are encouraged by their spiritual family to have their family life transformed and renewed by those kingdom principles.” Early in the life of our family, when our children were small, Englewood encouraged us to utilize the resources available through . We found them to be tremendously helpful in giving us practical tips and great resources to help us transmit our faith to our children. The monthly magazines, newsletters, and many books we read from did indeed encourage us to have our family life transformed and renewed by kingdom principles. Chris’s statement that “has usurped the Kingdom of God and the mission of God in the world” shows a sad lack of understanding as to what they are truly about. When someone in the body of Christ (a hand, for example), through the “manifold wisdom of God” is given a particular passion for a particular area of ministry, I think it is tragic when other parts of that same body (the elbows) are critical and destructive in regard to the function God has given the hand.