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Small town life and the Great Commandment


By Chris McLain

I can’t speak for those living in urban contexts, but in Crowell it matters whether you’re native-born or a transplant from elsewhere.

Let me explain. It’s not that new people who move into our community are any less welcome or loved than the locals, but their experience of small-town life is certainly different.

Many of the folks who grew up here have large, extended families of several generations nearby. That makes for a broad support system and relational community year-round (and the convenience of avoiding holiday traffic is no small benefit either).

The “new Crowell” folks are much more likely to feel isolated in our close-knit community. It can be difficult to make new friends because “old Crowell” folks already have established networks of family and friends.

That means it’s especially important for folks in Crowell to be neighborly. And,  as a pastor, I’m partial to the notion that Christians are specially called and gifted to meet that need. 

Scripture really goes further; it’s a command. Remember Jesus’ two-sided “great commandment” to love God and to love neighbor. Jesus was picking up on two Old Testament passages, so this goes back early in God’s dealing with mankind...

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Therefore: The Prophetic Imagination

While the phrase “prophetic imagination" never occurs in the text of scripture, these two words provide a critical key for understanding the message of scripture. We often think of imagination as a form of fantasy, as fanciful thoughts or mental constructs which contrast with the actual realities which frame our lives. Click here to read more.

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Reflecting biblical teaching, the Apostle's Creed ends with the affirmation, “I believe in… the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting." Yet against the testimony of Scripture and creed, our lives observably end in death.... Scripture gathers all of our observations into a solemn pronouncement: "You are dust, and to dust you shall return" (Gen. 3:19b) Click here to read more.

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Christians typically think of spirituality as dealing with the interior life of prayer, meditation, contemplation, and possibly worship without connecting it to how they live their lives outwardly in the world. Bradley P. Holt, in his book, "Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality," is persistent in connecting inward spiritual experiences with outward expressions of Christian love and activity in the culture. Click here to read more.

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Scripture

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16 NRSV

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Ferrell Foster
Director, Ethics & Justice, Christian Life Commission

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