If you have read Celebration of Discipline, or plan to, and you desire to know how to process Richard Foster’s ideas through a biblical lens, whether or not the disciplines he espouses truly are spiritual in the most Christian sense, I hope you will join me on this journey.
My first course at Temple Baptist Seminary was on spiritual disciplines. The first of our two textbooks for that course was Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster. Before this course began I was utterly ignorant of the concept of spiritual formation in Evangelicalism, and beyond. I was about to receive a rapid and unexpected education in it.
I would hate to think that we’ve lost the value of following in Christ’s body, even as we have increasingly referred to ourselves as “Christ followers”. After all, our Lord began His earthly mission by saying “Follow me” to 12 cultural misfits and rejects.
According to Lewis’ theology, God doesn’t “use” people who allegedly stab two men to death and hide crucial bits of evidence “for His glory”. Yet apparently, Lewis having admitted to obstructing justice in the case, God does deem those who commit that crime as worthy of such use.
This is not a case of scientific ignorance on the part of first-century Jewish culture. This is not a late insertion of political bias into the ancient text. This is simply God, inspiring Luke through the agency of His Holy Spirit, to faithfully record what he and Elizabeth knew to be true by divine revelation: unborn “fetuses” are babies.
The hard truth is that this week will probably come and go just like every other week before it. What are you going to do about that? How are you going to face your utter obscurity, your spectacular mediocrity among the masses of God’s kingdom on earth?
Entitlement is going to wipe out a hillside full of blueberry bushes. It’s tearing apart church families. It’s killing us.