This theme of unity has come up a number of time for me the past month or so. From this post to one of the days at CIY to another couple items in the past few days. Interestingly, I’ve been asked to speak at camp on the topic of unity as well. (Funny how God prepares us for things if we’re paying attention!)
A couple days ago, I found this short story by Clint Heacock called A Castle for the Ages on Relevent’s website. It’s a good metaphor (don’t try to push too far, though – any good metaphor breaks down eventually) for a lot of what’s going on in the church today. You should go there and read the article.
You should also check out the blog of Tony Myles (Don’t Call Me Veronica), specifically this post about a recent trip to speak and listen at an Emergent gathering. A lot of interesting thoughts there, but what struck me most were his observations of how people from differening points of view would approach each other in dialogue.
A great picture of unity in the church:
All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possissions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts… -Acts 2:44-46
Some thoughts from Paul:
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. -Ephesians 4:1-3