some controversial theological issues, to make sure I don't miss the point. I took a few of my students last weekend to a night of worship at The Warehouse and received a very timely reminder from pastor Roman Barabolkin that the point is Jesus. And not just the idea of Jesus, not the theological implications of Jesus, not knowing about Jesus, but deeply knowing, loving, and being transformed by the God of the universe in Jesus.
It is so easy to get caught up in so many other things -- many of them good, but none of them the point. The point always has to be meeting and resting in Jesus, because He is the one that we most deeply need. Wrestling with tuff questions and teaching good theology are a vital part of what we do, but they are lifeless without the one whom is the author and finisher of our faith. When I become more concerned with my Biblical stance on theistic evolution than I am about communing with the creator of my soul, I am far from the life of the Gospel.
My good friend Justin Scott also prodded me in this direction with his comments on my last post. I hope my intention is clear that the root and heart of our faith is Jesus, and while there are essential truths that we hold in common as believers, we have much freedom to discuss and disagree on many non-essential issues. We can disagree on theistic evolution and still be fervent brothers and sisters in Christ: we share one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
So, I hope this frames our conversation as we do the good work of wresting with the scriptures and how they often speak in sharp contrast to our current culture, undergirded with the belief that [we] count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus.
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