The tumbling I mentioned has continued. This question, What Difference Does the Resurrection Make? has rolled around in my head now for two days; the backdrop transforming thought as I have lived a regular life on the outside.
I’ve made a connection, thanks to the comment left on the post.
Right theology can lead to right thinking which can lead to right action.
Please notice I did not say an absolute ‘does’ or a guaranteed ‘will’ lead to right result. We can know all the right things but what we do with them, the outcome, has many opportunities to get messed up.
From the spring of 2009 to the summer of 2011 I had the privilege of meeting weekly with a group of younger women. We called ourselves NTBS (non-traditional Bible study). We didn’t go through a traditional Evangelical Bible study workbook. We spent our time looking together at the big idea: “what difference does being a Christ follower make in my daily life?” We had opportunity to work through Renovare’s Spiritual Formation Handbook and grapple with weekly Soul Training exercises that caused each of us to squirm a bit in different areas of our lives.
After working through the handbook we began to read and discuss and act on The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith. In this and the following two books in the Apprenticeship Series a concept was introduced to us that none of us had ever tackled before; the idea of narratives we tell ourselves.
A.W. Tozer said “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
Slowing down to really think about our thinking about God and His Word and, when necessary, work on aligning our false narrative with the True narrative found in Scripture was the focus of our time together.
I miss meeting with these women. We became a community within our larger community. One was moving for grad school, my life circumstances weren’t going to allow a weekly meeting in the evenings in the fall, so we agreed it was time to take a break from NTBS. But I am a changed woman from spending the time with these women, allowing myself to really think about what I believe and how my beliefs affect my actions.
The tumbling thought of What Difference Does the Resurrection Make? is still rolling around in my mind and has bumped up against a false narrative I have told myself for a looonnnggg time. More on that tomorrow.