Repent

Had the privilege of running the lyric projection side of things at the St Pauls 9am and 11am services today. Managed to figure out how to make things work.

Heard Tim Keel speak. I had actually met him on my very first Sunday in Auckland – I had arrived on Saturday night and made my way to the 11am service, he sat next to me. We met over the break. It was his first Sunday too. He told me he had arrived in Auckland to lecture at Laidlaw college.

He’s really good! I enjoyed his sermon both times.

Diring the break between services I mentioned that I was writing an exegesis of Mark 1:1-15 for an essay (due in eight hours time, I’m currently procrastinating with a train of thought that won’t make it to the final essay). He mentioned metanoeō, the greek word for ‘repent’ (which appears in verse 15). Rob Bell actually addressed this word well in a talk a couple of weeks ago, but Tim unpacked with me further the ‘good news’ element of repentance. In fact, metanoeō is the opposite of paranoia. Isn’t that stunning?

Kinda embarrassing when I think how I used to proclaim messages of ‘repent’ but did so with a severe look and a hardened heart. Apologies!

Finally, a random quote that I found online from Tim:

“We live in a culture of reductionism. Or better, we are living in the aftermath of a culture of reductionism, and I believe we have reduced the complexity and diversity of the Scriptures to systematic theologies that insist on ideological conformity, even when such conformity flattens the diversity of the Scriptural witness. We have reduced our conception of gospel to four simple steps that short-circuit biblical narratives and notions of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven in favor of a simplified means of entrance to heaven. Our preaching is often wed to our materialistic, consumerist cultural assumptions, and sermons are subsequently reduced to delivering messages that reinforce the worst of what American culture produces: self-centered end users who believe that God is a resource that helps an individual secure what amounts to an anemic and culturally bound understanding of the ‘abundant life.”

— Tim Keel (Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos)

Now, back to that essay…

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