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A farm without fences

Filed under: God's movement,quotes — 4:26 pm

“An African Christian described it to me this way:  “You Americans think of Christianity as a farm with a fence.  Your question is, ‘Are you inside the fence or outside of it?’  We Africans think differently.  We think of Christianity as a farm with no fence.  Our question is, ‘Are you heading towards the farm, or away from it?'”  The church’s identity is not defined primarily by its edges, but by its center:  focused on Christ, the sole source of our identity, no intruder poses a threat.  No alien hops a fence, because there is no fence.  Boundaries are determined by proximity to the Holy Spirit’s centripetal pull, not by arbitrary human borders.”
(Dean, Almost Christian)


  1. brilliant… Are we heading towards Christ, or away from him. Love this analogy, thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by Curtis — October 23, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

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  3. That’s a perfect analogy. That’s the church I want to be a part of – a farm with no fence, defined by it’s center.

    Comment by Sarah — October 29, 2010 @ 10:54 am

  4. This is great. Definitely makes me want to read the book. I think if we stopped thinking of our faith as a “farm with a fence” we could begin to change the unfortunate truth that we are known more for what we are against than what we are for.
    thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Keri Wyatt Kent — November 1, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

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