Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How to Forge Real Community in the Church

I'm a hot-and-cold Cerulean Sanctum fan - often Dan builds strawmen in his jeremiads against the modern church.  But there's a tremendous amount of good in his blog as well.  What follows is, on the whole, a mixed bag, but heavily weighted toward the good stuff.  Take a look.


Dan Edelen said...

Hey, sometimes a man of straw does a good job keeping the crows off the corn!

Thanks for the link. If I can be hot every once in a while, I'll take it!


CJR said...

Dan -

No one is "hot" all the time (though Willard and Tozer are close...)!

Remember that Roosevelt quote:

"Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger." (1894)

You're a critic of sorts - but that makes me a critic of a critic - even less useful than average!

Keep writing!

Dan Edelen said...


I don't want to be a critic. Critics criticize, but they offer no solutions. I would stop writing Cerulean Sanctum today if I only criticized, but never discussed solutions. The whole reason my blog exists is to examine the American Church and offer solutions to the problems it faces.

CJR said...

Dan - I was just quoting for fun - not using the term "critic" as a pejorative. Sorry if it seemed that way.

That being said, however you present it, you are pointing out the inadequacies, deficiencies and missed opportunities of the modern church (as you see it) and proposing some alternatives. I guess I don't see how that is differentiated from as a critique. A thorough critique, in my mind, always considers or offers how it should have been done in the eyes of the critic.