This week there were three different things in three hours.
First hour, more biblical theology. We’re getting closer and closer to the new Goldsworthy book: I’m looking forward to seeing how biblical theology relates to preaching, and to understanding the bible.
Second hour, a discussion on the ministry call of Isaiah (in Isaiah 6). It kicked off with student presentations, and then the lecturer turned up the insights a notch. Isaiah 6 talks about the amazing vision that Isaiah had, his vision of God, and then how tough his ministry was: preaching to his own countrymen with no expectation of them ever listening to him. It’s not all bleak, of course, there’s the slightest hint that this is all pruning work, bringing about God’s purposes of salvation for his people.
In the third hour, we had a look at a chapter from a book by Bruce Demarest Satisfy your soul : restoring the heart of Christian spirituality. This third hour was the most challenging:: the notion of intimacy with God. Sure, there’s a widely known cliché of having a personal relationship with God that the televangelists throw around, but how real is it in practice?
Are we so busy with practical stuff – with structures and meetings – that we forget about God altogether?