Sep 23, 2018
Grooves – The Last Third
Series: Grooves
All should seek the good end. Steinbeck said in his East of Eden, "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good."
 
The final third for the Masculine Path is the journey of descent, of learning the lowliness of humility, wisdom, and legacy. Jacob climbs the first part of his life, but is a background character in the last part. Hebrews says that he needs support to at the end of his life. He’s learned to place his life in another’s hands.
 
The final third for the Feminine Path is the ascent, the arrival of delayed blessing from obedience. At the end of the story, Naomi is praised by the same women that showed her contempt. She came to Bethlehem empty, but at the end, her arms are full.
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  • Sep 23, 2018Grooves – The Last Third
    Sep 23, 2018
    Grooves – The Last Third
    Series: Grooves
    All should seek the good end. Steinbeck said in his East of Eden, "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good."
     
    The final third for the Masculine Path is the journey of descent, of learning the lowliness of humility, wisdom, and legacy. Jacob climbs the first part of his life, but is a background character in the last part. Hebrews says that he needs support to at the end of his life. He’s learned to place his life in another’s hands.
     
    The final third for the Feminine Path is the ascent, the arrival of delayed blessing from obedience. At the end of the story, Naomi is praised by the same women that showed her contempt. She came to Bethlehem empty, but at the end, her arms are full.
  • Sep 9, 2018Grooves – Second Third
    Sep 9, 2018
    Grooves – Second Third
    Series: Grooves
    Genesis 29:1-35:15 and Ruth 2:1-3:18
     
    Loss doesn't necessarily mean "the end." Loss can actually be a grace. For the Feminine Path, this phase of life is the beginning of redemption. Identity is shaped, authority and power is discovered.
     
    The second third of the Masculine Path involves a crisis of limitation. The gains one had in the first third of life are taken away or compromised. Gains are hard to come by, even illusive. It might seem that God’s judging someone during this time, but God wants to teach them the way of the cross, the low road. The first half of life was easy for Jacob, he was able to trick others. His time in Paddan Aram was filled with challenge, deception, and struggle.
     
    The second third of the Feminine Path involves the beginning of the climbing. Rohr calls it “The work of Body and Soul” when one begins to develop a solid self, a loving community, and an enduring purpose. Naomi’s unique knowledge of the intricacies of Judean culture allowed Ruth to work her way towards Boaz, Naomi’s kinsman redeemer.
  • Sep 2, 2018Grooves – First Thirds
    Sep 2, 2018
    Grooves – First Thirds
    Series: Grooves
    The first third of the Masculine Path is a Heroic Journey, filled with discovery of power and the formation of the self. The first third of the Feminine Path is a Descent Journey, where one develops a permeable self through the process of waiting and loss.
     
    This is particularly important for raising our children; in their early faith formation, two different operating softwares might be at play in the different children of our household.
  • Aug 26, 2018Grooves – Necessary Losses
    Aug 26, 2018
    Grooves – Necessary Losses
    Series: Grooves
    Genesis 11:27-12:9
    Abram was called out and to be on the move and to manage life in tent camp settings. Instead of moving towards being more settled, Abram embraced the life of the pilgrim.
     
    Contrary to our cultural operating software, the life of faith advances by both determined wins and necessary losses. The way of the Christian is the way of the cross, depletion. Before we can have a lifelong vision for discipleship, we must embrace God's goodness in our ups and downs.
     
    Will we trust that God is sovereign when we are in the midst of descent?
  • Aug 19, 2018Grooves – Shrunken Stories
    Aug 19, 2018
    Grooves – Shrunken Stories
    Series: Grooves
    Luke 16:19-31 A mismanaged life leads to a shrunken story.
    As we take account of our lives, would we conclude that we are living with genuine faith? Have we yielded to God’s leadership in our lives? Do we prop up our own salvation projects?