Engage: What Do We Do with Evil? #3

Read: “Paul’s Spiritual Genius”

Much of the spiritual life is paradox. A major one is that we find life through death (John 12:24). Necessary suffering and disorder clean the lens of our vision, enabling us to see clearly. For Paul, he saw the heights when he hit rock bottom. Rohr begins this chapter with this insight and develops it in significant ways. The pattern is Life—Death—Life.

Rohr explores this pattern in numerous ways in this chapter. I counted sixteen, but I may have missed some. But regardless of the number, we are drawn into Paul’s genius—the paradox of which is that we must see evil for what it is (death) before we will be motivated to overcome it. This week’s chapter gives us this vision.

This coming Friday, June 17th at Noon (Eastern Time, USA) we have our first live Zoom conversation. It will last 40 minutes (as per Zoom policy). Here is the link to use in order to join the meeting…

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Meeting ID: 931 408 5719
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About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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