Christ Church, Mountain Top
to Worship, Psalm 116
two related themes
family life, professional life
of the most difficult classes of things to face, one of the great
(“failure to launch”)
card: “Parenting … when messing up your own life just isn’t enough”
the devil you don’t know
the devil of being alone
self-perception, or dream
force us out into an exposed position, loosed of everything that makes us
comfortable, set free from what we have understood as “home”. Departures make
us deeply insecure, for good reason (not just paranoid ones).
Bonhoeffer writes about it this way:
call of Jesus teaches us that our relation to the world has been built on an
illusion (108). Through the call of Jesus [we] become individuals…. Every
[one] is called separately, and must follow alone (105). … we do not remain
alone (113). The Cost of Discipleship.
Peter & Andrew – leave their nets
& John – leave their father Zebedee in the boat
is to change, not just your mind, but your direction and behavior from going
your own way to going Jesus’ way: “Follow me”
“Only those who obey believe” (69, edited).
is called to depart, to become an alien in the world
mission, should you choose to accept it”
– with my children/my parents
do you think fish feel?
Scout fishing tournament
has a much greater call and mission for us – a call to single-minded obedience
and a mission that opens our heart fully to the whole world.
God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.