Monthly Archives: August 2011

“Attraction Rather than Promotion”: Evangelism according to Bill W (and, as it turns out, St Peter, too)

In the last post, we explored AA and other Twelve Step programs as “underground fellowships” of vulnerability, joy and love, and we considered what lessons might be learned from these programs that could strengthen the Christian Church.  In the introduction … Continue reading

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More on the Fellowship of the Broken— What the 12 Steppers Can Teach Us About the Church

Recently, I wrote about how the 12 Step fellowships can help Christians understand what it is to be a “fellowship of the broken.”   So let’s now examine more closely what we can learn from our 12 Step friends about the … Continue reading

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The Fellowship of the Broken

The following is a partial excerpt of the introductory remarks I gave at a men’s 12 Step Recovery retreat in 2009.  It is my hope that Christians and other people of goodwill might be able to identify with many of … Continue reading

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Amendment of Life: a Metanoia that is More than Apology

The “Ninth Step” of Alcoholics Anonymous—“We made direct amends to such people [those we had harmed] wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others”– is one of the few steps with which people outside the 12 … Continue reading

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Progress, Not Perfection: Sanctification for the Rest of Us

“No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles; we are not saints. The point is we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.”  AA … Continue reading

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