Kingdom life: “Roommates for Jesus”

Posted: 22nd July 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

HT: more fire

The New York Press has a compelling story about a communal Christian house in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn) run by blogger Jason Storbakken:

[They] are taking part in a form of cohabitation that few young New Yorkers could fathom: communal living with a religious twist. […] It is a multiracial bunch, mostly made up of non-native New Yorkers in their twenties and thirties. The residents call their experiment in faithful cohabitation “Radical Living.”

They are born-again Christians turned off by the trappings—physical, philosophical and political—of the suburban mega-church and conservative mainstream evangelism who have found each other amidst the pressures of New York City living. Dedicated to getting back to basics, to ministering the gospel quietly from the ground up, members of the group are fond of reminding each other that “radical” is a word that has biological origins, meaning “arising from the root.” While seemingly isolated and underground, this community represents an inkling of a broader shift in the evangelical movement—renegade branches of which are increasingly embracing climate change, poverty reduction and compassionate politics as their touchstone issues.

[ Read full article here ]

Jason’s story resonates with me as I hear echoes of my parents’ decision to leave the “physical, philosophical and political” pressures of living in Chicago in the late 1960s and move to the remoteness of Alaska to “get back to the basics” and quietly minister “from the ground up”. Theology without action, faith without works, is ματαιολογίαν, mataiologia, a wilderness of words, and it is always inspiring to read about those who have taken risks of comfort and security for their faith.

If you’ve not had a chance to browse Jason’s blog and testimony, please do.

  1. Theology without action, faith without works, is ματαιολογία, mataiologia, a wilderness of words…

    Agreed. And St Maximus the Confessor, picking up his cue from the Epistle of St James, went a step further: theology without action, he said, is the theology of demons.

  2. Indeed. And I think Screwtape would wholeheartedly agree.