Category Archives: Unity of the Church

Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Five)

Chiara Lubich ends her reflections upon the “inundations” of this love by providing two notes of commentary. 1. First, she says there are times when we think the gospel does not truly solve every human problem. “It brings only the … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Four)

The late Paul Harvey had a tag line that any listener to his radio broadcast will always remember. He would tell an intriguing story and then end by saying, “And now you know the rest of the story!” Well, brothers … Continue reading

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Liminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Three)

After being at Wheaton for one semester I returned home for a summer mission experience among the Navajo Indians in New Mexico. When I returned to Wheaton I experienced a deep sense of aloneness and spiritual malaise. The Spirit prompted … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Two)

Today I post the second of five parts of my Acceptance Speech after being given the 2014 Luminosa Award for Unity on June 22.  The plaque I was given reads as follows: The 2014 Luminosa Award for Unity Presented to … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part One)

On June 22 of this year I received the Luminosa Award for Unity. This weekend of June 20-22 in Hyde Park, New York, was a time of profound encouragement for me and for the work of ACT3 Network. This week I … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Greatest Desire for His Church on Earth

When I first began to understand John 17 I realized that Jesus’ greatest desire for his disciples was that they would live this oneness together. He wanted them to be united as a powerful witness to the reality of the … Continue reading

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What Has Love Got to Do With Unity?

So what has love got to do with unity? Everything! When God revealed to me a whole new understanding of Christian unity in Christ’s mission – what I call missional-ecumenism – I began to share this message as widely as … Continue reading

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Does Jesus Love the Whole World?

Jesus enlarges his prayer circle in John 17:10 to include his disciples: “I have been glorified in them.” In verse 9 he transitions from praying for himself to praying for his own disciples: “I am not asking on behalf of … Continue reading

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Our Judgment: How It Destroys Christian Unity in Love

Over time I have come to understand that deep Christian ecumenism is essential to the well-being and genuine faithfulness of the whole church. This is true precisely because no one “member” of the body of Christ has gained all the … Continue reading

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Unity is Always Found in Love

In my book Your Church Is Too Small I try to show how the unity of the church, established in Christ’s love for his Father, leads to a growing relational unity that follows him into his mission to the world. … Continue reading

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