Remnant Activities: Recovering the Ability to Trust. Part II

We have been discussing the darkness that has descended on our society and on the Church. In general terms, these developments have lead to a loss of society’s ability to make moral discriminations (MacIntyre, After Virtue,What, 1981). Those living in this darkness are unable to apprehend the light of Christ, unable to distinguish light from darkness, truth from lie (John 1). Caught up in this same darkness many in the Church have…

Remnant Activities: Recovering the Ability to Trust. Part I

We have been talking about the darkness that has descended even on the Church. This darkness has led to what amounts to “outsider” status for the very few who still embrace the life-encompassing and radical implications of actually following Christ. Obviously, this determination to live out the teachings of Christ makes others uncomfortable. It is an open challenge to the nominal majority and often leads to a hostile response, which can range…

Remnant Activities: Reestablishing the True Source of Christian Persuasiveness. Part II

If the key to effective Christian persuasiveness is the presence of Christ in the life of the believer, then, the next question would have to be, “how can we appropriate and fully participate in that divine presence. Contrary to our natural inclination toward individual activism, this presence is not primarily a result of our own efforts, as if we could somehow acquire or earn it by simply following certain rules. It is…

Remnant Activities: Reestablishing the True Source of Christian Persuasiveness. Part I

As you must know, Christ has commanded his followers to communicate to the world the truth of His victory over sin, the possibility of living according to those truths in the hope of life eternal (Mt 28:19-20). However, because of humanity’s rebellion against God, many, if not most of the individuals we encounter are not easily persuaded, are not naturally inclined to accept the veracity of the Gospel and, for that matter,…

Remnant Activities: Rediscovering the Felt Presence of God, Part II

  Picking up where we left off last time… 3. What can it mean then to perceive God (Christ)? As I mentioned, the introduction of persons into our discussion has raised a number of significant challenges rooted in the composite, that is, finite/infinite nature of human beings and the personal, infinite character of God. So in order to be complete, our perception of humans has to somehow include that infinite dimension and…

Remnant Activities: Rediscovering the Felt Presence of God, Part I

In recent posts we have been considering the need for gathering a remnant of committed believers in order to recover some of the spiritual treasures that have been lost to the prevailing moral darkness. Once gathered, the remnant’s primary task will be remembering, that is, deliberately relearning elements of the faith lost to neglect or supplanted by other interests. This will be done, in large part, by intentionally and systematically reviewing and…

A Remnant Seeking the Light

Seeking the Light. Having spoken of a darkness descending on our society and the Church. That being the case, we quite naturally ask, “Who can help us find a way forward?” Can one expect to find hope from those now caught up in such darkness? Probably not. But, looking back over history, we do find remarkable examples of hope-in-darkness. Those most effective in rekindling hope all followed essentially the same roadmap to…