As I have reflected on the demythologizing of my evangelical life, I have not stopped on the “deconstruction” side. I have asked for a reconstruction of the essentials of the Kingdom. THIS comes up so often I find it essential to the Kingdom of God:
Scot McKnight has been walking through some structure of what it may mean to reconstruct faith after the battle to deconstruct as someone walks through the minefield of our current religious landscape. He writes behind a paywall, so I will list some things here.
I came across this quote a few days ago and it still rattles around in my head: The opposite of faith is not doubt, it is certainty. — Anne Lamott
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruitContinue reading “To Glimpse Heaven and All Its Power”
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. (Lk 17:5-6, NIV)
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
Mark 2:22 (NIV): And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” What Jesus is doing can’t be fitted in to the existing ways of thinking and living. If peopleContinue reading “The Kingdom of God and wineskins”
“The fact that those freed by the divine action still live in the world does not mean that they belong to the world, as though possessed by the world and incorporated into its structure. They are indeed in themselves finite individuals, but are no longer in slavery for — through the process of dying andContinue reading “The freedom found in Christ”
We are into our second month of transition and I’m looking at what is happening, evaluating, and thanking God for a lot of things.
We look for assurance. We look for certainty. What happens when we don’t always get it?