Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Live large, drink deep

"...we speak frankly, but not crassly, about sexuality because if our people do not get their information from the living words of scripture, their thirst will compel them to drink from the toilet of pornography and perversion"

Human beings are thirsty beings. We can't survive long without water. But it's not just our bodies that thirst. Our eyes thirst to be filled with wonderful patterns of refracted light. Our ears thirst for different frequencies of sound. Our minds thirst for ideas and answers, and our hearts thirst for affections and for eternity. Our spirits thirst for God.

We're locked into a room called history in which there isn't enough water to quench us. But there is some. And there is something more. Reverberating into the room are the words of the living God. And these words are the not just water, they are living water. The stuff that wells up in us to eternal life.

Those words give a deeper satisfaction than any sound or sight, and they also enable us to experience real joy in the tiny glimmers of greatness in the room. They enable Becci Brown's genius 365 concept to work. And yet, some are repulsed by what the words reveal. They hate them.

"Because our God rules over everything and is good, we are free to laugh, especially when times are tough. In our kingdom culture, good food, good drink, good friends and good times filled with laughter stand in contrast to the worry, hurry and busy of stressed and depressed people who do not trust God"

I want to take life so seriously that I can really enjoy it. I want to get a taste for all the good things of life.

"...we believe that God truly cares about the minutiae of our lives. In our kingdom culture, theology is intensely practical and connected to how we live every day as we work our jobs, clean our dishes, and brush our teeth to the glory of God. The Wisdom Literature contains some of our favourite biblical treasures"

Above quotes from Mark Driscoll, Radical Reformission.
This book was released around the same time as his Confessions of a Reformission Rev and is likewise very good. A refreshing and eloquent challenge to be missional in all of life. The chapter on 'the sin of light beer' is a particularly good challenge on how to avoid compromise and legalism. And it makes me want to learn to brew beer. Apparently he teaches people in his church how to do this!

In Confessions Driscoll talks about how books like Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs were in his early expositional series to his church. It's no coincidence that his people are enjoying the riches of life with refreshing honesty if this is the stuff they're studying. I've gotten a taste for Ecclesiastes and now I'm longing to get deeper into Proverbs and The Song. It must be the case that the more we wrestle with wisdom the more we'll see of the Lord Jesus who is the very wisdom of God.

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