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A Good Place to Start

Maerten van Heemskerck - Christ Appearing to St Peter on the Sea of Tiberias (Bowes Museum)

How often do stories include a line about starting at the beginning? How often do hit TV shows open with a character presumably going back to the beginning?

Starting at the beginning, or getting back to the basics, is a theme that also crops up in the Bible. Jesus’ appearance in John 21:9, though it is post-Resurrection, ironically starts where he first called the disciples.

Going back to where you were before God called you at the point you are in your life can be a very scary thing. Although remembering where we were when we decided to heed Jesus’ call makes us grateful for what we turned away from, remembering the past can give us a clearer picture of the future.

Christianity has taken so many twists and turns over the centuries that it often seems as though common ground is difficult to find. Ages-old controversies about the nature of the Godhead now take their place alongside controversies over worship styles and the use of sacraments in an increasingly digitized world.

One thing to bear in mind: many of today’s controversies likely would have befuddled Jesus’ earliest followers. Your mileage may vary, but I think they would have rejected anything that eclipsed Jesus as Lord, reduced honored traditions as stale, rigid laws, denied the importance of those who had gone before, or that tought any group of people was unworthy of ministering to.

Creedal Christianity, at its best, gets back to basics while providing adaptability for a world that constantly changes. What more could we ask for today?


April 10, 2016 Posted by | Christian Living, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment