I miss it already – not Ohio (which is Philistine for wilderness of sin) – but the classes. The Church Renewal Class is so…thoroughly….theological….that it challenged me. I’ve written about this all week, but in speaking with my wife last night, I guess I know why. I’ve never had the language that the professor used, nor the over arching view of the Church that he has. If there is one class for pastors that I would urge…. it would be his.
Not that I have to agree with everything, but he said (more than) several things these past few days that really stuck. Namely, people do make a habit of focusing on one nature of Christ above another… this effects and affects how they see the Church and the Christian mission. He said something else today that I cannot remember… I mean, it is late, I’ve driven all day, and I am tired, but I will say that when his book comes out (the book out of his lecture notes) I will be giving it away, and most likely several copies of it. (Again, if you want to check out a few of his books, please do so here, ]].)
I had originally thought that it was going to be about programs and the what not… but in the end, he took us through creating a theological vision of the Church and frankly, on many of those things, I would agree. He said two things that I thought were great – ‘Renewal is not about numbers’ and ‘No one, no matter how refined/educated they are, should stomp on some one else’s piety’. I mean – that is the exact opposite of the language that I was expecting!!!!
Friends, this week was a mini-revival. Really up lifting. Really needed. This class was radically needed. My Church History class was just as awesome, on a different level, in which I got to explore some of the things I learned. I am impressed, to say the least.
So, after class this morning, we packed up, and headed home. I had my Popeyes, of course, and we shopped a little. Got home, cleaned up, and just took it easy.
I’ve tried to think of his point today that really stuck out, but alas, nothing. Seriously, though, if there is a class that you just feel like taking…
Thanks to teach of you for everything that you do…