Wild Goose Chase
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The Wild Goose Story
Legend states that some of the Celtic believers in the British Isles used the wild goose to symbolize the Holy Spirit instead of the traditional dove. Unlike the dove, which is pictured as calm and gentle, a wild goose will attack you and is in essence wild, untamed, and uncontrolled.
In similar fashion, the Holy Spirit is unpredictable – blowing to and fro like the wind (John 3:8) and coming in power (Acts 1:8), disturbing the status quo and setting the people into a new adventure with God.
When you couple this picture of the Holy Spirit with the Shakespearean phrase, “a wild goose chase”, you get the recipe for mystery and adventure. The choices and decisions of God may not be those of man – in fact, most likely, people will look at these choices in horror, thinking that you are embarking on a wild goose chase – a foolish adventure that will only end in disaster.
Yet, if the Holy Spirit is the Wild Goose that one chases…well, then everything changes. Things that seem foolish to us become wise in the sight of God Almighty as we trade worldly security for radical obedience, judgment for mercy, and our life for His life.
To chase the Wild Goose is to embark on an adventure within the upside-down Kingdom of Heaven.
What Is This Site About?
Many years ago the Creator of Heaven and Earth told me to follow the Wild Goose (aka The Holy Spirit) no matter where He took me. In the mist of the journey I started this blog to record the things He taught me along that Ancient Path.
As on any journey, there are things planned and unplanned. The posts on this blog reflect this truth – as there are planned items (Book Reviews, Theological Thoughts, Backpacking Adventures, etc) and there are unplanned items (Home Repairs, Current Events, etc).
Lord willing you will enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoy writing them. 🙂
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Use me as you choose;
rank me alongside whoever You choose;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for You, or laid aside for You;
raised up for You, or brought down low for You;
let me be full, let me be empty;
let me have all things, let me have nothing;
with my whole heart I freely choose to yield
all things to Your ordering and approval.
– Celtic New Years’ Covenant Service
Greetings! My name is Joshua Hopping and I am a Son of the Most High journeying through a foreign land following the Wild Goose (i.e. the Holy Spirit) one step at a time.
As I journey along the Way, I have the privilege of serving the body of the King in different ways at different times including time spent as a church planter, pastor, mission board member, teacher, and all-around grunt. At the present moment I hold no title nor position of honor – I am simply a man chasing the Wild Goose and trying to join Jesus in what He is doing around me.
Along the Way there are many tribes or streams of people who are following the King of Kings. While all of these tribes are valuable members of the greater Body of Christ, the tribe that most closely echoes the cries of my heart is the Association of Vineyard Churches.
I am a voracious reader who loves studying church history, theology, and world missions. A more detailed biography can be found on the “Author’s Bio” page for those who want more information.
Adventures Journals And Sundry Thoughts
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After years of teaching pastors and Christian leaders about the merits of modern psychotherapy, Thomas Oden became “painfully aware of the so-called outcome studies reporting the dubious effectiveness of average psychotherapy.” This awareness lead Oden on a circuitous journey that ultimately concluded with him turning towards the psychological insights held within the pastoral tradition “expressed […]
In the late 1800’s James Mooney recorded the myths, stories, and sacred formulas of the Cherokees. As a Cherokee Nation citizen, it was fascinating to hear the stories my ancestors would have told each other!
Thomas Cahill’s book Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe is the fifth volume of his acclaimed Hinges of History series. The goal of this series is to “retell the story of the Western world as the story of the great gift-givers, those who […]
During the 12th century Bernard of Clairvaux was a major force of monastic reform and political intrigue. Known as ‘Doctor Mellifluous,’ Bernard was very active in the “many political and ecclesiastical disputes” of his time including being a major supporter of the Second Crusade. At his core, however, Bernard was a mystic who longed to […]
“You can feel the youthfulness of the land. It’s like a child full of energy and unpredictability.” Those were my words as we walked through the woods a stone throw from the Sawtooth Wilderness. The two of us had left the trail a while back and were picking our way along a ridge north of […]
In the late-fourteenth century a young man from the village of Kempen named Thomas Haemerken joined a spiritual renewal movement started a few decades earlier by a Dutch scholar named Geert Groote. The movement was centered around the life of Jesus of Nazareth with adherents devoting “their lives to study and to educating the world.” […]
The book Francis of Assisi and His World is a relatively small book packed with full color pictures of relics, paintings, maps, and buildings from the time of Francis of Assisi. While this format is uncommon among theology/history books, it makes sense considering it was written by the Managing Editor of Christianity Today magazine, Mark […]