come with me down the rabbit hole…

Photograph by Jenny Ihn (detail of a work in progress)

Photograph by Jenny Ihn (detail of a work in progress)

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…

It’s massive.

I’d love you to join me on the adventure!

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5 comments

  1. oh and I would love to join you.
    I’ve recently discovered with my ‘young un’s’ that the best place to teach theology is in devising liturgy.

    I’m exploring the doctrine of scripture with one by having him read relevant passages and then devise a prayer for the congregation before the bible reading.

    Doing responsive psalms with another.

    The most formative thing for a couple of them was a clandestine six-months where we did morning prayer at 6 am five times a week.

    Who would have thought that concerted praise would shape lives so much….well, just the church for 1930 years.

    1. Fantastic, Mike! Yeah. Who would have thought?

      I’ll look forward to interacting as I share some of the things I’ve been discovering or struggling to work out what to do with.

    1. Yep. It ain’t rocket science! Although, like I said — and hope to show over the next little while — its implications have rocked me…

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