But nestled in the editorial was something that caught my attention in regards to spiritual disciplines (something this blog's been thinking about lately):
The study rightly says, "Our people need to learn to feed themselves through personal spiritual practices." Unfortunately, the study fails to hint that these spiritual disciplines are intrinsically grounded in the ongoing life of the church. This implicit dualism (between private and corporate spiritual growth) suggests something different from Paul's view that it is in the body of Christ that we are joined together to "grow up into him who is the Head" (Eph. 4:15).While I appreciate CT's expanding the disciplines from personal to cooperate (and Willow Creek's inclusion of them to begin with), I must admit that I'm a bit bothered by the use (and acceptance) of the term "feed themselves" in relation to the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines aren't about being fed, but about doing what is within our power to open or place ourselves before God, who in his grace begins to transform us into the people were created to be, exuding Christ-likeness. This idea that we approach them in order to be fed turns the focus from God to ourselves. Not that we aren't "fed" by God--we are; he is our very Life. But to make "being fed" our focus seems one more way we turn "church" and faith into a form of consumerism rather than a relationship with God.
My .02 worth, anyway.