You’ve probably noticed that I’ve sort of disappeared underground lately.
And I’m not just talking about the past few weeks. In reality, I’ve been gone for months — hoping to distract everyone (myself included) from this fact by chucking a half-baked post up here and a rambling collection of thoughts there.
Instead of explaining or trying to excuse my absence, I’d like to invite you to come with me down the rabbit hole I’ve fallen into.
But be warned! Things down here are a little bit awkward. The proportions are outlandish and kind of dizzying — you never seem to know if you’re too big or too small. And you may well be surprised by some of its denizens…
To cut to the chase, James K. A. Smith’s 2012 New College lectures — which you can download and listen to HERE — have helped me bring into sharp focus something I’ve been catching blurry glimpses of for the last 18 months:
Right theology (or, more broadly, an integrated Christian worldview) isn’t an end in itself; it’s got to open out onto right worship — in action as well as adoration.
Sounds simple. Uncontroversial even.
But the impact of taking this insight seriously… The alien light it throws on everything I’ve learnt… The dissatisfaction it has instilled in me when it comes to my otherwise perfectly serviceable preaching and Bible teaching…
I’d love you to join me on the adventure!