Twenty Things I Like About Christianity

Ben Myers started it with “Forty Things.” Ryan Dueck then gave his list of “Thirty Things.” So continuing the trend, here is my list of “Twenty Things I Like About Christianity.”

Rembrandt Prodigal

  1. Jesus. That’s not artificial piety—sometimes he’s the only thing I like about Christianity.
  2. European cathedrals.
  3. House churches.
  4. Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.
  5. Luke’s Gospel.
  6. Mother Teresa.
  7. A theology of suffering.
  8. The relentless possibility of resurrection.
  9. The Lord’s Prayer.
  10. Christ-like love: self-giving, suffering love for the other, even the least, even the enemy.
  11. The Doxology, in four-part harmony, around a shared meal.
  12. The Lord of the Rings.
  13. Isaiah’s vision of the Messianic kingdom.
  14. Johann Sebastian Bach.
  15. The sounds of children in church.
  16. The significance of silence.
  17. Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son.
  18. Universities. Especially old European ones. And especially their libraries.
  19. Pauline theology.
  20. The Story. Jesus’ story within Israel’s story within the human story within God’s story—compelling, surprising, beautiful, challenging, subversive, meaning-making.

What would be on your list?

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3 Responses to Twenty Things I Like About Christianity

  1. Thanks, Michael, for your thoughtful 20. I agree and here are my additional 5.

    1. Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness and the church’s challenge to do likewise.

    2. The glorious repertoire of sacred music from oratorios to choruses all inspired by one Spirit.

    3. The emphasis on importance of community

    4. The theology of thankfulness in all things

    5. The fruits of the Spirit.

  2. Okay… you won me with #12

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