‘Christianity is about relationship not ritual’ (pp.137 & 166)…‘If we run away at the first sign of bad feelings, if we have failed to equip ourselves with a knowledge of God and if we only value the big spiritual event, then we run the risk of missing out on some absolutely vital parts of our relationship with God’ (pp.163-165).
From Rod’s writings I understand the Borlase’s point is that there is a problem with the church and he is trying to find a solution to that problem. I had to point out that the above quote by Borlase is close, but not quite there. I think one of the problems we face in the church, and is affecting how we see the church is by the definition above: we are saved by a personal relationship with Christ.
Yet the relationship is a by-product of why we are saved. We are saved by the atoning work of Christ for His glory and for the glory of the Father. It’s a slight shift, but one that has deep ramifications because once we start focusing on being saved by “relationship” instead of His atoning sacrifice, then our faith becomes man-centered instead of God centered. This is at the core of the problems of our modern church. We forget that God does everything He does for His own glory. Those of us who are saved are precious in His sight, and even ordained for salvation before the foundations of the world, showing His rich love for us. But He loves us for His own glory, and because of this love, we get to participate and rejoice at what He has done for us through Christ. Rod did point out that Borlase does come to this point eventually in the book, showing that it is really hard to do a review of what someone says in just one or two blog posts.
This Is Water — A good video showing God’s common grace in this graduation speech. It is not the full speech, but excerpts from the speech. His main point is that even in the mundane repetitiveness of life, there is meaning. Reformed Christians have been saying this for centuries. Given that all tasks before us are given to us by God, they are worthy of doing well. It’s good to see that David Foster Wallace was able to see this even though he never gets around to speaking The Truth known as Christ. But it’s still worth watching.
Hippie Van For Sale — I saw this on Facebook. A man in Houston is selling a hippie van. What makes this note worthy is what He writes in order to sell it. He writes:
Attention hippies , weirdos , circus freaks , Scooby Doo fans , people from Colorado and those recently released for good behavior. I am selling this 1967 Chevy cargo van so that you can do whatever freaky stuff the voices in your head tell you to do and your therapist says you shouldn’t. This van was once painted like a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine van, and now it sits in the driveway waiting for someone to fill it with peace and love and that sort of crap.
I don’t have a title, so you don’t have to worry about the “man” bringing you down or keeping tabs on you via his paperwork, and since these pictures were taken, I have removed the pollution generating 283 engine, transmission, radiator, and axles creating an open space for you to hide your weed. I’m keeping the mechanical parts for a greenhouse gas generator project. I don’t dig on vans so if you do, this one can be your righteous and mother beautiful ride.
On a positive note, the body has a bit of rust for you types that like that sort of natural returning to Earth , I don’t bathe or comb my hair look. $600. Call Jason —- texting is to impersonal and negative for me.
Keep in mind that this thing is huge on the inside and you can hide a LOT of your weed, bodies if that’s your thing, smuggle Mexicans inconspicuously, or make a white trash palatial guest house out at some filthy Renaissance Festival for your wench that your lady doesn’t need to know about.
I don’t care what you do with it as long as its not in my driveway. The last picture is what this van looked like before the “man” at the corporation rained downed us for having this van painted like their copyrighted image and forced us into removing the paint.
Here are a few pictures of the van. I’m sure some hippie somewhere will by it.