Posts Tagged ‘52 Words Every Christian Should Know

09
Mar
17

3.8.17 … “The Divine Dance , along with thousands of other rising voices, is a violation of Empire and a celebration of Relationship. When one has seen the profound mysteries lovingly revealed here, one cannot un-see. When one has heard, there is no going back; suffering cannot wipe away the heart’s smile. God, You have never had a low view of Humanity.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 8/40), finger labyrinth @ home, Charlotte NC:

Observations: clean carpets! What a glorious thing to have my carpets cleaned, sanitized and all pet stains removed. But then that thought brings me sadness because I have no pets. This is the longest I have been without dogs in 32 years.

But my technician Leon was a dog lover. He has two Great Pyrenees; he showed me his pics. Their names are Polar and Alaska. And then it was amazing how quickly our discussions moved from animals to dealing with aging loved ones. Leon’s 94 year old grandmother and my mother (Leon is my age) are both tired and age is taking away their memories. We were both crying before he got to work taking the memories of pets out of my carpets. As Leon said, “God is good!”

52 Words:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17” from “52 Words Every Christian Should Know” by Kendell Easley

“Many works of literature, music, and art have been called inspired, meaning that the author was brilliant. The effect of such work on others is inspiring (moving or inspirational). When Christians refer to the Bible as inspired, they really mean something else, although no doubt the authors of Scripture were brilliant and their work is moving indeed. Biblical inspiration involved both the processes by which Scripture was produced and the end product.

“Inspiration” comes from a Latin term meaning “to breathe in,” referring to God’s Spirit at work in the lives of the authors of the Bible. God used a variety of means to reveal Himself to these writers. Moses heard from God directly on Mt. Sinai (Ex 20:1). The Lord said to Isaiah, “I have put My words in your mouth” (Is 51:16). Daniel and others saw visions from God (Dn 7:1). Jesus promised His official ambassadors, the apostles, that the Spirit would guide them into all truth (Jn 16:13). One apostle described the process like this: “No prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, moved by the Holy Spirit, men spoke from God” (2 Pt 1:21). Inspiration also included such ordinary things as historical research. Luke, for example, introduced his Gospel with the note that he had “carefully investigated everything from the very first” (Lk 1:3).”

Source: “52 Words Every Christian Should Know” by Kendell Easley

About Labyrinths:

Labyrinths have most likely always been used in a spiritual manner. They can create a heightened awareness of the human condition and aid psychological and spiritual growth. To build a labyrinth is to create a sacred space. To walk a labyrinth is to imbue it with power and meaning. The more a labyrinth is used the more powerful it becomes as a symbol of transformation.

Source: “Labyrinth Walk,” First United Church, https://firstunitedkelowna.ca/event/labyrinth-walk/2017-02-08/.

And I am very excited to be reading and discussing with my fellow TMBSers Richard Rohr’s The Dvine Dance. And here is my first quote from William Paul Young’s Intoduction:

“The Divine Dance , along with thousands of other rising voices, is a violation of Empire and a celebration of Relationship. When one has seen the profound mysteries lovingly revealed here, one cannot un-see. When one has heard, there is no going back; suffering cannot wipe away the heart’s smile.

God, You have never had a low view of Humanity.

May our eyes be healed, especially those of us “born blind,” that we might see what You do.

May our ears be opened to the music that heals, celebrating the entanglement of differences so that even in our discord, we hear that we ourselves are the melody embraced in Three-Part Harmony.

May our courage be emboldened to take the risks of trust, to live only inside the grace of one single day, to reach across Empire’s borders and tear down the walls that mask our faces.

May we feel within us the eternal life of Jesus reaching through our hands—to heal, to hold, to hug—and celebrate the bread of our Humanity, the sanctity of the Ordinary and Participation in the Trinity.

As you read these pages and live your lives, may it be so!

William Paul Young

Author, The Shack, Cross Roads, and Eve

Trinity Sunday, 2016″

Source: “The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation” by Richard Rohr

Peace be with you!

3.8.17

06
Mar
17

3.6.17 … “The Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool meant to awaken us to the deep rhythm that unites us to ourselves and to the Light that calls from within.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 6/40), Wedgewood Church, Charlotte NC, 52 Words Every Christian Should Know:

Sights, sounds and musings … another free form day.

Totally overcast and damp breeze. The breeze and the Holy Spirit took my thoughts to the new movie The Shack. So I wondered how I would portray the Trinity. How would you?

Little birdhouse that I never noticed and later saw two robins, one atop the birdhouse clearly not meant for her.

Massive construction near major power lines; I’m not sure why someone would invest so much money right there on a busy street with electrical lines running in their front yard.

Massive oak tree.

Crunch, crunch, crunch – the pebble path is clearly not my favorite.

Red ant bed

Sounds of traffic at this busy intersection (Tyvola and Wedgewood)

52 Words Every Christian Should Know

Last week’s words were about God, this week’s words are about Scripture and include inspiration, infallibility, the Law, prophecy, interpretation and the Great Commandments. But today I will focus on the writer’s approach.

“I have written from a broadly evangelical perspective. My treatment is sensitive to areas where there are major differences of opinion, such as dispensational eschatology, Calvinism, Pentecostal issues, and the sacraments or ordinances. On the other hand, I affirm as a foundation the classic confessions of the churches (the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed) and the five pillars of the Reformation (salvation as taught in Scripture alone, by Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone, to the glory of God alone). If you relate positively to these beliefs and want to gain a better understanding of essential Christian terms, this book is for you.”

Source: Easley, Kendell (2010-07-19). 52 Words Every Christian Should Know (p. 1). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

So I have to ask myself, do I relate positively to these beliefs? I must admit that I relate negatively to the introductory phrase “evangelical perspective,” but that is a visceral response and actually does not reflect what I have come to understand is the true meaning of the word. So I relate positively to the beliefs, but negatively to the box into which the author puts them. What do you think?

About labyrinths:

“The Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool meant to awaken us to the deep rhythm that unites us to ourselves and to the Light that calls from within. Based on the circle, the universal symbol for unity and wholeness, the labyrinth sparks the human imagination and introduces it to the intuitive part of our nature. It allows us, in a very simple, fundamental way, to let go of present concerns and open ourselves to a quiet place of new thought.”

Source: Labyrinth | Joy’s Rustic Garden Labyrinth Walk, https://joysrusticgarden.com/labyrinth/.

And I finish this walk with pebbles in my shoe …

3.6.17

A few extras …

Kith/kin, Davidson College, gifts: My sister began painting a few years ago. This painting of Davidson College was her graduation gift to Molly. Her paintings are from the heart.

Red Boot Coalition:

Red Boot Step Eleven: We came to see that living our lives as outlined in these eleven steps positively impacts our lives and the lives of those around us. We feel a new and joyful responsibility to serve our community in any number of ways. We are engaged.

Neon Museum – Las Vegas NV: Cary … thanks to you, I have been there.




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