James 1 was where we began the discussion this week. We talked about and shared different snapshots of our personal storylines…the highs, the lows…the grit. From there, we discussed ideas of orthodoxy (right thinking) and orthopraxy (right practice) and how they are truly inseparable if one is to live a life of obedience to Jesus. For theStory, we filter all this through the value of Justice where faith exists both as a matter of the mind and of the hand.
Here are some quotes that helped drive the discussion:
“[The end] concludes the successive events of the text (if it is a narrative), and, with the overall organization, ensures that the events recorded are not haphazardly connected moments in time, but become precise periods as part of a larger temporal pattern: the sense of story is working towards an ending turns mere chronos (the ‘tick tock’ of the clock) into moments of kairos, points of time filled with significance of being part of a larger fulfillment.” (Dominion & Dynasty, Dempster)
“Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?” (James 2:19-20)
“Christians at times are like vampires: They only want Jesus for his blood.”(Dallas Willard)