Wrestling over the important stuff: how have your stretched your thinking lately?

I have enjoyed wrestling with friends–not exactly the kind pictured here, however.  I respect the tenacity of wrestlers since I grew up with a wrestling brother.  He trained and trained and stretched himself to the limits of his abilities and strength.  The Greeks knew this so wrestling was used to condition and train as well as competition.

As Christians, do we wrestle enough?  Are we too safe with each other that we never ask the hard questions of each other or never challenge each other?  Sure, some of us are just mean and tear down others, but I am talking about wrestling.  In wrestling you have to agree to a certain set of ethics and rules of engagement.

I have two groups meeting right now that are stretching me and the guys meeting with me.  The idea is that we wrestle–not bashing and on the other hand not placating each other.  We need community–even us guys–to learn and grow.  Jesus wrestled with his disciples this way.  He shaped their thinking and prepared them to begin a movement that changed the world and the eternal trajectory for billions of people.

How are you wrestling fellow brothers (and sisters) with your thinking and spirituality these days?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

16 comments

  1. silence, that is what I am wrestling with, it’s feels like a loosing battle. Silence is hard, but necessary to one who wishes to pursue Christ-likeness

  2. silence, that is what I am wrestling with, it’s feels like a loosing battle. Silence is hard, but necessary to one who wishes to pursue Christ-likeness

  3. silence, that is what I am wrestling with, it’s feels like a loosing battle. Silence is hard, but necessary to one who wishes to pursue Christ-likeness

  4. silence, that is what I am wrestling with, it’s feels like a loosing battle. Silence is hard, but necessary to one who wishes to pursue Christ-likeness

  5. I’ve been wrestling a lot with the Bible being the Word of God. I think we, as Christians, throw that around flippantly without understand its significance.

  6. I’ve been wrestling a lot with the Bible being the Word of God. I think we, as Christians, throw that around flippantly without understand its significance.

  7. I’ve been wrestling a lot with the Bible being the Word of God. I think we, as Christians, throw that around flippantly without understand its significance.

  8. I’ve been wrestling a lot with the Bible being the Word of God. I think we, as Christians, throw that around flippantly without understand its significance.

  9. Rich replied back to my first comment asking who I was wresting with over this issue. And maybe my problem is . . . no one. I don’t have someone close to me in which to wrestle this issue. Rich is constantly wrestling me on the issue of worship and church leadership though . . .

  10. Rich replied back to my first comment asking who I was wresting with over this issue. And maybe my problem is . . . no one. I don’t have someone close to me in which to wrestle this issue. Rich is constantly wrestling me on the issue of worship and church leadership though . . .

  11. Rich replied back to my first comment asking who I was wresting with over this issue. And maybe my problem is . . . no one. I don’t have someone close to me in which to wrestle this issue. Rich is constantly wrestling me on the issue of worship and church leadership though . . .

  12. Rich replied back to my first comment asking who I was wresting with over this issue. And maybe my problem is . . . no one. I don’t have someone close to me in which to wrestle this issue. Rich is constantly wrestling me on the issue of worship and church leadership though . . .

  13. I’m wrestling with where conservatism crosses over to legalism. Where I live and breathe, there are some who chose to stand on or cross over that line believing it is necessary to the spiritual health of their families. I wrestle because I see legalism, but I also want to respect the choices they make for their families and to remain friends with these brothers and sisters in Christ out of love for them and their families.

  14. I’m wrestling with where conservatism crosses over to legalism. Where I live and breathe, there are some who chose to stand on or cross over that line believing it is necessary to the spiritual health of their families. I wrestle because I see legalism, but I also want to respect the choices they make for their families and to remain friends with these brothers and sisters in Christ out of love for them and their families.

  15. I’m wrestling with where conservatism crosses over to legalism. Where I live and breathe, there are some who chose to stand on or cross over that line believing it is necessary to the spiritual health of their families. I wrestle because I see legalism, but I also want to respect the choices they make for their families and to remain friends with these brothers and sisters in Christ out of love for them and their families.

  16. I’m wrestling with where conservatism crosses over to legalism. Where I live and breathe, there are some who chose to stand on or cross over that line believing it is necessary to the spiritual health of their families. I wrestle because I see legalism, but I also want to respect the choices they make for their families and to remain friends with these brothers and sisters in Christ out of love for them and their families.

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