Wednesday, 30 April 2014
One is where he says, "'Tomorrow', I kept saying ..... " Augustine was aware of his tendency to put stuff off, particularly to delay putting his life right as he wanted to keep enjoying 'sin' for the moment. Is there a lesson there?
Second, another brief comment is: "Wherever we taste the truth, God is there." It is always good to remember that God represents truth. There are times when we want to avoid the truth. That is not the way of God.
Thirdly, he recognises how much we need to place God at the centre of things. We can get involved in all sorts of amazing stuff - but God tops it all: "A person with faith, who may know nothing of the gyrations of the Great Bear, is without doubt better off than the one who tracks the stars, counts them, and measures the elements, yet leaves you out of his (sic) reckoning."
Saturday, 19 April 2014
"Therefore respect the time between sowing and harvesting. Await the miracle of the transformation. Until the wheat is in the oven, it cannot be called bread. Until the words are spoken, they cannot be called a poem. Until the threads are woven together by the hands of the person working them, they cannot be called cloth." (p. 130/1)
Transformation is very possible. It happens - but it doesn't 'just' happen. Sometimes we need to do a bit of waiting. Sometimes we need a catalyst, a change-maker. Certainly we need the right things in the right place.
There are lots of things that can be done with these ideas - but, today, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, perhaps it is enough to emphasise those words of encouragement to "await the miracle of the transformation."
Monday, 14 April 2014
Yesterday was Palm Sunday.
Friday, 11 April 2014
As Lawrence Moore puts it in his contribution to "Renewing Reformed Theology" - "
Are we listening for what God is saying to us?
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
I have been reading "Renewing Reformed Theology", a collection of papers from a 2010 conference at Westminster College, Cambridge. I was struck by a comment made by Roberta Rominger, which supports this view.
She says: "The theology I would like to recover for the URC is an unapologetic celebration that God is around and God is using us, the love of Christ is finding expression in things we do and lives are being transformed. We're not pseudo Christians praying that nobody finds us out, we are the Body of Christ. This is it. We're not off the map, we're on it. God is willing to do business with us. But because of our inability to own and claim personal and corporate experience of a living, immanent God, we cower around apologetically instead of standing tall and presenting ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ."
Let's celebrate what God is doing with us - and let's get on with keeping on doing it!