The Church of God's Christian Women's Connection sends out a weekly email and this week it included this reflection.
For this blog offering, I thought I would share a few annotated quotations from some of my recent reading. These get at some of the challenges facing all of us who live in the 21st century, because we often fail to spend the time in honest reflection of who we are and where we are going. You'll note from the page numbers that I'm perusing several book introductions lately.
“Without some sense of the whole, the telos, there is no way of knowing when we are improving at being human.” Anthony D. Baker p. 1 in Diagonal Advance
“Decisions in any community—such as how much space for parks should be protected, or if it is right to go to war in a particular situation—depend upon a prior vision of what constitutes that community, and what goods it believes it should be pursuing.” p. xx in An Eerdmans Reader in Contemporary Political Theology
These two quotations remind us of the importance of pursuing discipleship with both an understanding of who we are and where we are going. The emphasis in brief for the walk of a Christian disciple must begin with the understanding that we are God's creation who are called to a life in relationship with our creator. The end comes in the kingdom Christ proclaimed and announced. The goal of our worship and life together is that our weekly corporate worship, bible study, and fellowship would hold our identity and our goal together.
This week we looked at Mark 7 and the questions Jesus faced regarding the tradition of ritual washings. I raised the experience in the Church of God of our evaluation of our practice and traditions regarding Christian Unity. I drew from a paper presented at the doctrinal dialogue at the North American Convention in 2006. I thought it would be good to share a link to the other papers. You can check them out at the Anderson School of Theology web page.
The Church of God 2012 North American Convention (NAC or for people like me who are used to the old name--Anderson Campmeeting) was recently held on the campus of Anderson University. Our congregation was represented by myself and Kathy Brad (who was able to attend many of the Christian Women's Connection events in addition to some of the other conferences and services). Most of my time in Anderson was spent attending the General Assembly meetings where various issues are presented and discussed. The three biggest topics of this year's assembly meeting were a resolution on Conditional Deeding, the transition plan for the retiring General Director, and the feasibility study regarding locating the NAC in different rotating sites. If you would like to watch a video of one of the services or the Hymn Sing, they can be found at this website. If you are only going to watch one, may I recommend one of my favorite preachers--Diana Swoope and the Monday service.Read more: NAC 2012 and 2013 Global Gathering