While preparing for today, I asked my brother Dan for his thoughts and he shared a story that summarizes Granny’s faith. It happened a couple years ago as he and his wife, Cara, were getting ready to move to Indiana so he could take pastoral position at a Quaker Church. Now Granny didn’t know anything about Quakers beyond the Quaker’s meeting game she taught us when we were kids. It’s the one that starts: “Quaker’s meeting has begun, no more laughing, no more fun, no more showing whites of teeth, no more chewing bubblegum.” And then we all went silent, like the Quakers … she used to play it with us on road trips when she wanted us to be quiet.
This past Christmas, Kiana and I gave Robbie an XBox … or, as he says it, an XBox 360 Kinect.
It’s been a lot of fun, but I’ll admit, I was a bit hesitant about getting one. It’s not that I’m opposed to video games, and, perhaps surprisingly to some, it’s not because the XBox is a Microsoft product. Rather, I had some concerns about how it might be used and abused. And that’s why, while there are days the XBox rules, there are also three major XBox rules.
This morning, when I woke up, I found this email in my inbox. It’s good to be the daddy!
As I said in my post yesterday, while my new blog, Restorying Life, isn’t an abandoning of my Biblical faith, it does flow out of a rethinking of my theology and how I read the Bible. This begins with what I see as the central theme of the Biblical narrative, which has move from strictly justification to a broader theme of the Kingdom (which includes justification).
Now, I’m sure some in the Lutheran world would be quick to say that this makes me a non-Lutheran. Perhaps it does, perhaps it doesn’t. In the end, I really don’t care.
For those who are interested, here’s an overview of how I came to this conclusion … a journey that began with a paper I wrote for my first semester of my DMin work (most of this work was developed in October and November of 2010):
Late last month, I quietly launched a new blog called Restorying Life. Last week, I began to share that it was online and one of the posts sparked some interesting questions about where I’m at faith-wise these days (I’m sure some recent Facebook posts have done the same).
As a bit of setup, I’ve been writing a series of posts that reflect on my personal journey from a year ago at this time.