I begin this blog with some hesitancy. Oftentimes I fear the blogosphere can be a place where people can hide behind their computers and fail to communicate with real people face to face. I admit that I have done that. And I think most people would agree that technology has the potential of pushing people away from authentic, God-honoring community. Having said that I believe God has given us technology (and blogging) to be a means of his grace to people. I have been the recipient of this grace through many Christians who have written many things that have encouraged my soul and spurred me on toward love and good deeds. My own brother, a missionary in Japan, uses his blog (markandmaki.blogspot.com) to communicate with friends all over the world and has personally blessed me in my walk with the Lord.
So here I am begining this blog called Life Together -- a title borrowed from Dietrich Bohoeffer's famous book written in the midst of the unique community he experienced in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Bohoeffer understood that the Christian life was never meant to be lived alone. He knew that we were made for community. So his book only served to spark the flame of fellowship that I have experienced in my own life and desire for others to experience as well.
My vision is for God's people to be united and discipled in the context of a close community of believers. More than ever we are living in a self-driven society that pulls us away from experiencing this type of environment that people long to have. This is why a united church that lives out the metaphors of a family and a body attracts both believers and unbelievers to it. Indeed, the gospel can be more clearly embraced and proclaimed if it comes from people who unite to become the "city on a hill" that points people to the beauty of Christ (John 17:21).
Therefore I pray that this blog will be a means to promoting community amongst fellow believers in Christ based on the truth of the gospel. I welcome your comments as I seek to learn with you what it means to "no longer be stangers and aliens but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God with Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone" (Eph. 2:19-20).