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…

On the Darkness

I caught the darkness. I was drinking from your cup. I caught the darkness drinking from your cup I said is this contagious? You said just drink it up.[1] For some time now, I have been talking about a darkness descending on our society and our Church. I have, as have many others, variously called it a new Dark Age, which is being caused by radical individualism and which, like its medieval…

Seeking the Light

I ended my last post by asking “Who can help us find a way out of the darkness that threatens to engulf us?” Looking back over history, we discover remarkable echoes of hope-in-darkness that often followed a similar path of recovery, a roadmap to re-illumination: re-grouping, remembering, re-igniting.  During times of danger and darkness believers faithful to Christ have repeatedly responded to descending darkness by coalescing into small groups in order to…

Growth Inhibitors: Loss of Expertise and Knowledge

We need to consider a few more questions before we turn to the question of finding hope in the midst of the descending darkness. If I am correct in suggesting that we are facing a new dark age, a darkness enveloping our society as well as our Church, then perhaps we need to consider the effects that darkness is having or, to put it differently, what the cost to the Church will…

Growth Inhibitors: Moral Darkness

In my last post I proposed a way for us to understand why it is so hard for believers to accept or even listen to the ever-growing charge of hypocrisy. Indeed, I know of almost no believers who accept the accusation or even consider the opinions of non-believers on this matter to be valid and worthy of consideration. But, as I suggested, they are, to a certain extent, justified in rejecting (ignoring)…