Venturing Out: Introductions
Greetings wanderer/traveler/pilgrim/friend/stranger/bored colleague!
My name is Andrew and I’m just getting getting started on blogging. I have previously written a devotional blog that was entirely about daily (and then weekly) devotional thoughts from scripture. Some day I may import those here but for now if you interested in them you can find them at: http://palmsdevotional.blogspot.com/ (this was done for the church I currently serve – Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL).
I’m venturing out on true blogging (whatever that means) to share my own journey of discernment around what is discipleship and how do we live as disciples who disciple each other every day, in every way. This is not about “Church” but church is involved. Its not simply about the Bible but it will likely be frequently referenced as it is my primary starting point. It isn’t about Truth.. but discerning truths as I/we seek to follow after the one who is Truth – Jesus Christ. I believe strongly in the love of God for all creation, and that when Jesus says he is “the way, the truth, and the life” that he means we are to follow the example of his life and to live in the way he lived. (More on that shall likely work its way out in due time – or just ask me to say more, I hope you always will feel free to say, ‘wait – stop, say more about that!’)
A couple more things to get out of the way. I am steeped and grown in the Reformed Tradition with all the blessings and curses that brings. I believe in ambiguity in faith and see it as part of my calling to curse others with it as well. I bleieve that it is out of wrestling with that ambiguity that we find faithful ways to live out our calling as disciples of Christ. I also hope that when I share my thoughts, and those I am wrestling with, that others will help me to see which are on to something helpful and which ones are just off base. I need others to offer me perspective, just as I hope to return the favor.
Lastly all of this discipleship talk began for me about four years ago when sitting and reading Matthew, chapters 4 and 5. Its about dropping the nets we cling to, leaving the life we know and following Christ. I’m not good at it – the orginal disciples weren’t particularly good at either, few people are – but Thomas Merton offers me the greatest grace outside of God’s grace that I have encountered on that subject. Merton shares that he believes that the desire to please (and follow) God, is pleasing to God.
May we always seek to please God in just such a way – together.