Journey: Under Construction

Read:  The Preface

When E. Stanley Jones was asked if he was a Christian, he would almost always reply, “I am a Christian under construction.”  It was his way of combining affirmation and anticipation.  It is the way Christ wants each of us to follow him.

Brian McLaren begins his book at just the right place, the place where we say, “God is not finished with me yet.”  If we do not believe this, we will give up before we take the first step.  And doing so, we will miss most of what God wills for us.

The power to choose is the way we begin the journey.  McLaren invites us to choose to walk the path of Scripture with our eyes wide open to the witness and wonder of God’s revelation.

McLaren’s invitation to make the road by walking is set in a larger context–his belief that God is doing a new thing in our midst–a conviction I (and others) share with him, and one I have written about in my book, ‘Fresh Wind Blowing.’ If we are to perceive this new work and participate in it, we need the kind of formative experience McLaren offers us in this book.

Next week, we look at the Introduction to the book.  This is not a slow start, it is a necessary orientation for our year-long trek.  Good hikers always take time to prepare .  McLaren does the same in the Preface and Introduction.

A good phrase for us to pray/sing is, “Open my eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth Thou hast  for me.”

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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