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It will be interesting to hear the media’s take on this.  Looks fascinating, though not surprising.

On Marriage…Again

I came across this quote today in some reading from Where Resident Aliens Live, the companion volume by Hauerwas and Willimon.  In the chapter, “Practice Discipleship”, they are commenting on the fact that “people often lie most readily in marriage exactly because they fear losing the intimacy they have achieved to that point. . . . That is why we Christians assert that marriages must be sustained by more fundamental practices than simply how they enrich the interpersonal relationship between two people.  Marriage is subservient to discipleship.  Our marriages are ultimately significant only as a means of supporting each of us in our ministry, including the ministries of childrearing, conversion of the young, protection of the old.  We think marriage is a place where Christians are able to be truthful with one another because marriage is more determinative than their immediate feelings.   
       “Whether Christians in their marriages can be truthful depends on marriage not being isolated from the community.  Christians are asked to have their marriages witnessed before before the whole community where that community can hold them to promises they made when they didn’t know what they were doing.  How could you ever know what you were doing when you promised another to be faithful for a lifetime?  But we know we can risk telling one another the truth, since the bond of marriage is more determinative than our personal satisfaction at any one time.  That allows Christians to be married with joy” (85-86). 

New Blog

For those who regularly peruse (or even for those who do not), here’s a new one well worth your time:

Understanding Identity & Mission

Came across this provocative quote today:

“The only advantage of the Church over against the world is that the Church knows the real situation of the world.  Christians know what non-Christians do not. . . . It belongs to the Church to witness to the Dominion of Christ clearly, explicitly, and consciously.”  – Karl Barth

Speaking of Weddings…

Here’s a great sermon by Pastor Rich Lusk on marriage.  Wonderfully foundational and well worth the time.

After listening to the sermon, the accompanying notes are worth a perusal too.

Much of what Rich has to say further confirms some thoughts I have had of late regarding the “liturgy of life.”   In other words, there are patterns to life, habits that we pursue that affect us profoundly.  Just as every worship service has liturgy, the question to be asked is whether or not it is good liturgy or bad liturgy.  Analogously, what are the patterns of our lives?  What are our habits?  What does the liturgy of our lives reflect (how we speak, act, etc.)? 

The Beauty of the Bride

In a recent conversation with a friend, I mentioned that I think J.K. Rowling’s use of symbolism is deeper than she even realizes or intends at times.  One such instance struck me recently when reading “The Wedding” chapter in Deathly Hallows.  I’ve included the excerpt below, and when you read it, think of the way in which it pictures the ministry of the Church, the Bride of Christ to the world. 

“A great collective sigh issued from the assembled witches and wizards as Monsieur Delacour and Fleur came walking up the aisle, Fleur gliding, Monsieur Delacour bouncing and beaming.  Fleur was wearing a very simple white dress and seemed to be emitting a strong, silvery glow.  While her radiance usually dimmed everyone else by comparison, today it beautified everybody it fell upon.  Ginny and Gabrielle, both wearing golden dresses, looked even prettier than usual, and once Fleur had reached him, Bill did not look as though he had ever met Fenrir Greyback.”