Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Everything in Common

The beginning of the church was community. It wasn't enough for people to simply repent ,be baptized and go on with their lives. Instead, they left everything in their lives and joined together. They lived together, they shared their possessions and had "everything in common."

When did that stop? How did it change to what we know today? Was it a recognition that the end wasn't as near as originally thought? Was it a lack of resources? Were the Christians taken advantage of? Was it a mistake?

What does this mean for us today? How do we have "everything in common" in a world where we celebrate just having something in common? Maybe we start with a redefinition of what we hold onto as everything.

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