Facebook is a treasure trove of graphics, many of them pretty crappy. However, this little gem stands out! It's masterful--I can think of at least one person I currently know who approximates each of these, except perhaps the angry whiskers. Which one's your favorite?
Ultimately the gospel is stronger and surer than the law. As a means of trying to make ourselves right with God, the law is weaker than this guy's leg. The law is weak not because it has no value or no purpose, but because we are fundamentally weak, flawed, powerless to perform to God's standard.
Evangelicals are learning to face some new realities about the gospel's encounter with contemporary culture. The church exists for the purpose of proclaiming the truth of the Christian gospel--that reconciliation with God is possible through Christ. As God's missional community, we are to embody that truth we pursue the various callings God has given to us (father, mother, husband, wife, etc). We are also to verbally communicate that message as God gives us opportunity to do so through organic, authentic, respectful conversation. As a result we live with a tension in deciding which parts of our message and faith are culturally-conditioned.
As capitalism developed into consumer capitalism, it is not difficult to see how our current socio-cultural arrangement makes possible something that has never been plausible before: the redefinition of a natural right on the basis of the experience of a relatively small number of people.
I often find myself wondering what church will look like in the future. I'm a member of a large (ish) downtown church that is evangelical in theology while being a member of a mainline denomination. We have a large campus: sanctuary, worship center, educational building, annex for youth and college ministries, etc. We have a fairly …