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  • Wayne shared from The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture by J. Todd Billings
    Our imaginations need rejuvenation so that we can perceive the wide, expansive drama of salvation into which God incorporates us as readers of Scripture.
    Note: Thinking about a "rejuvinated imagination" …
  • Wayne shared from Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ by Eugene H. Peterson
    When we embrace church, we find ourselves part of a conversation in progress between what we know and experience of God and the way we live with one another, with our families, in the workplace - morally, ethically, and personally. There are many who absent themselves from the conversation so that they can go off by themselves and develop a Rube Goldberg religious contraption out of God-fragments or God-rumors picked up in back alleys, flea markets, and talk shows - a kind of makeshift, do-it-yourself belief (or unbelief) system that suits their particular lifestyle. Others, impatient with the...
    Note: Evocative language on distancing from church (I confess the draw to be a "freelance connoisseur")...
  • Wayne shared from Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ by Eugene H. Peterson
    This way of thinking - church as a human activity to be measured by human expectations - is pursued unthinkingly. The huge reality of God already at work in all the operations of the Trinity is benched on the sideline while we call timeout, huddle together with our heads bowed, and figure out a strategy by which we can compensate for God's regrettable retreat into invisibility. This is dead wrong, and it is responsible for no end of shallowness and experimentation in trying to achieve success and relevance and effectiveness that people can see. Statistics provide the basic vocabulary for keeping...
    Note: The church as relevant ... (wait, I'm not a "pastor" any more - am I allowed to post such things?)
  • Wayne shared from Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ by Eugene H. Peterson
    Why do people in churches seem like cheerful brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute?. . . On the whole I do not find Christians, outside the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers...
    Note: Annie Dillard's critique of the church ...
  • Wayne shared from Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ by Eugene H. Peterson
    Grace originates in an act of God that is absolutely without precedent, the generous, sacrificial self-giving of Jesus that makes it possible for us to participate in resurrection maturity. It is not what we do; it is what we participate in. But we cannot participate apart from a willed passivity, entering into and giving ourselves up to what is previous to us, the presence and action of God in Christ that is other than us. Such passivity does not come easy to us. It must be acquired.
    Note: Eugene Peterson on "acquired passivity" ...
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Wayne B. Cox
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