Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Hit on the blog this week: the Apostle Paul would be so pleased that his mission goes on – kindle even!
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Two thousand years; twenty-one centuries; and the mission goes on. Sunday, for the second in the Lenten series in our church, Annelie and I presented an aspect of Paul’s post-traumatic working though, “Death where is thy sting?” The next sessions will be led by others, with themes out of our book. Out of thinking about Paul for a life time now, I have reached the conclusion that Paul did suffer from the post-traumatic, but it was not in spite of, but also because of he had the ministry he did. The explosive anger could erupt earlier, but how the compassion more and more leaped out, his distress giving wings to his theology.
How marvelous it is, that after such a period of time, the Apostle Paul’s sense of mission goes on. He was convinced that the Good News of Jesus Christ was for the world. He knew only his portion; how small it appears as we turn a globe around and see the continents, the arctic poles, the oceans. Yet his vision was that of the love of God reaching out and out and out. The Aztecs, the Eskimos, the natives in the Out Back of Australia – where ever, INDIANA, USA, even! – how magnificent the vision of Paul. I have been re-reading once again the Letter to the Romans this week. Want to join me?