A boundary and a freedom

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Your Word, a boundary

A thousand elite forces surrounding, guarding, posted and encamped

A sure and trusty advisor, sage for situations, it beckons ‘Come and be wise’

Your Word extended, hands which are gentle, caring, and of strong support

Knowledge of You, replete with the constancy of faithful love

A place to situate my trust for it is the Word of God

Here is truth, understanding of right and wrong, and of what is pure and good and certain

A steadiness to see, to remember, the story which encapsulates my own, bigger, broader – that of God

Your Word it motions ‘Come and have life in Christ’

It bits adieu to a worldly way washed in the foamy scum of moral uncertainty, incertitude

It bids this adieu for it is a firm and fixed boundary of God and His goodness.

 

 

Your Word, a freedom

A delightful invitation to participate, to try and fail, and try again, secure to do so

Hands unshackled, feet shod ready for movement in this world, a going and a doing

To love and serve and initiate, to creatively be Yours in the present, and with the people around

It beckons ‘Come and die. Oh and have a go at loving with the love of Christ which you know so well’

Thoughtful engagement with the perishing, with the structures established, and with God’s people

Not every situation set in black and white; instead an entrusting that we operate as one of His

Incredible! Caught up in the plans of God and stationed to be his workers of righteousness

Before us is opportunity to be His in this world

Out we go, forward, the beating love of Christ in our hearts,

Our beings scanning like a radar, eyes open looking for the prospects before us.

Opportunity to live as the summoned people of God set free to be his in this world.

John Webster on why we reject Scripture as the Word of God: ‘an episode in the wider course of the sinner’s rejection…’

…the heart of difficulty we face in attending to Scripture is not the conceivability of revelation’s taking creaturely form [in Scripture] but our antipathy to it. Lost creatures (and the not-so-lost- in the church) make Scripture’s humanity a ground for despising its embassy. We do not care for prophets and apostles, because they set before us the sermo divina; and so we spurn them – sometimes in high theory, but more often in baser ways. Once again, the history of conceptions of the Bible is spiritual as well as intellectual history, an episode in the wider course of the sinner’s rejection of the folly of the gospel and preference for ‘eloquent wisdom’ (1 Cor. 1.17)

 

John B. Webster, The Domain of the Word: Scripture and Theological Reason (T & T Clark theology.; New York: T&T Clark, 2012), 12.

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Nuanced conservatism

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I hate the word ‘conservative’.

It smacks of rigidity.

Of a lack of thoughtfulness.

Cold, hard, unloving.

Sticking to something for the simple sake of holding:

‘But that’s the way we’ve always done it!’

(Why? Can you tell me why?)

Unyielding.

 

I love the word ‘conservative’.

It details the delight of a sure and certain faith.

Of knowing God and his ways,

not in totality but in assurance.

Scripture, truth, Jesus, being His people in this world.

It has context that is guaranteed, that holds you,

‘cause it speaks of the God who has revealed Himself,

And who is at work in this world.

Eternity secured.

 

I hate the word ‘nuanced’.

It’s all the rage at the mo.

Disguised as ‘epistemic humility’

Dressed up fence sitting and clever arguments

That at the end of the day leave you in no-man’s land to die a thousand deaths

And to take others with you.

It’s the coward’s way out.

Gosh, make a decision, say something that matters!

 

I love the word ‘nuanced’.

It denotes reflection,

A thinking through of issues.

Contemplation of Scripture.

Realising that life is often not simply black and white.

People aren’t, circumstances aren’t.

Relationships aren’t.

We don’t know all things

So we speak with care and caution.

Firm, yet gentle.

 

Nuanced conservatism:

God willing a little less of the ‘hated’ versions.

And a little more of the other.

A Simple Idea for a Group Scripture Reading Plan

Looking for an idea regarding a Term Bible Reading plan for your mid-week group?

We’re giving this a go for the next 10 weeks (we’re currently in week 3).

Have a look: 180 in 10 Scripture reading

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Basically, we’re trying to read 180 chapters of the Bible in 10 weeks.

(Yes the 180 is intended as a double entendre)

When we meet on Wednesday nights we read anything from a few chapters to a dozen together and then the rest becomes what we’ll do at home on our own.

In our time together (works out to be about 2 hours), with some tea/coffee thrown in, we

– read

– discuss elements of what we’ve read either that night or at home

– pray

– have a time of testimony towards the end where people can share on a variety of things

It’s simple, nothing complicated.

The aims are simply to get us in God’s Word and becoming more comfortable with chatting about what we’re reading and being taught by God from his Word.

It’s been pretty good for us so far. I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out over the next 7 weeks.