Sunday, April 03, 2005


Manny preached yet another stellar sermon this morning. One that clearly came from his heart; it also touched on some things that I've been wrestling with, but almost certainly in a much more Christ-centered way.

Manny was talking about change. The world we live in is in a constant state of flux ("You can't step into the same river twice"). We change personally, we change relationally, our situation changes, the world around us changes.

I am anticipating major changes in my life in the next few months. No more school; new job; new church; new friends; new house ... all of those news make for a lot of "old's." And I've really been struggling with how I savor the "soon-to-be old's" while still joyfully anticipating the "new's." I haven't struck a balance, yet (and I'm running out of time to do so).

In the midst of all this change, Manny reminded us from Hebrews six that we need an anchor for our soul who is not bounded by time and space. Yup, that makes for ONE possibility.

I thought it was really cool where Manny went from there. We are very much bounded by time and space, and so God has graciously given us sign, seals, sacraments within time and space that anchor our souls in this heavenly reality. We celebrated the Lord's Supper today, and so as the sermon drew to a close, Manny led us to meditate briefly on the reality of the promise that was sitting in front of us, that we could see and that we could touch. (I spent a lot of the afternoon reading Calvin on the sacraments, so my mind is full of the wonder of all that they entail for us -- I'll spare you all of that for now!)

But with respect to this anchor-thing, my mind is actually full of questions:
  • How do we keep focused on Christ as the anchor of our souls?
  • How do we keep Christ our anchor while still loving, serving and depending on the body of Christ, i.e. the church -- he's given us this gift as his hands and feet, and yet it's full of finite and sinful people who will disappoint us.
  • How do we point people to Christ as their anchor: I have a feeling that it's a mixture of loving, modeling, everyday "preaching." But how much has Christ given us to them as a tangible "mini-anchor," and how much should we point them outside of ourselves to Christ?
  • How do we respond to change that we don't like in a Christlike way?
  • How much of our inability to handle change is sinful, and how much is creaturely finitude?
  • Are we ever justified in clinging to something created, wishing/hoping/demanding (?) that it/he/she not change? How do we surrender this desire to Christ?
  • Am I being over-contemplative because I've stayed up too late again?
"For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek." Hebrews 6:13-20

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