In our series, Whole Gospel: The Bible’s Epic Drama, we come to Act 2: The Fall. In the sermon, I emphasize that we cannot be spiritually, emotionally, or relationally intelligent, if we don’t understand the fallenness of humanity! But then we have to ask the question: “Is there any Good News in the fact that we are “fallen?” Sin and evil have entered God’s good creation; Shalom has been vandalized; the image of God in us has been defaced. But Act 2 is not the end of the Story! You can listen to the sermon here.
A poetic note: I try to always take some time on my “Monday Sabbath” to read some poetry. Today it was Czeslaw Milosz, from a late book of poems called Second Space. It includes a long poem called Treatise on Theology. Two excerpts:
Why theology? Because the first must be first.
And the first is a notion of truth…
Let reality return to our speech.
That is, meaning. Impossible without an absolute point of reference.
[and another line that reflects his frustrations with the tendency of theologians and the church to make God’s truth unintelligible!]
There must be a middle place between abstraction and childishness
where one can talk seriously about serious things.
[I wrote in the back of the book, “I think this states the quest of my adult life and ministry!” – i.e. to make the Bible’s rich truth understandable to anyone. ]
**A wonderful article about Milosz’s and his faith, written at the time he published this poem is found here in First Things!