Sometimes the timing of events can be more powerful then the events themselves… or, as the case may be, the timing of a blog post can sometimes cause one to remember it more then the content of the post.
This proved to be true this week when I read James K.A. Smith’s post concerning the “State of Contemporary Theology” only to stumble upon a Mark Scandrette quote on LindaFaye’s blog on a similar lines.
These two posts spurred me to look back at my blog for a post I wrote while struggling with the same issue – only to discover that I posted my thoughts on July 23, 2010, six days short of a year ago….
Strange. Odd. Crazy. Timing.
Who knows the reason…perhaps Jesus wanted to remind me to keep on keeping on…perhaps more folks are struggling with the tension of learning/doing – studying/living.
Either way, I think the Mark Scandrette’s quote is worth repeating – so here you go:
“Many of our structures and venues for religious education are set up to be passive and cognitive rather than active and participatory. Most people, for instance, think of a church as a place to sit and listen–not a context in which they will be coached and stretched to practice new skills. How do the schedule and programs of a church reveal what is thought to be most important?| (Too frequently by attendance, buildings, and budgets.) Even home groups are often just smaller venues for knowledge and study. We might ask, Did Jesus give his life on the cross so that we could sit around reading and discussing books about him, or so we could join the revolution?” -Mark Scandrette (quoted from “Soul Graffiti”)