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.