Tom Smith rocked our community in early July with a two-week series on training withe Jesus in the sort of life that He lived on this earth, implying heavily that one of the values that has been lost in our obsession with all things missional has been the difficult act of obedience. If I’m frank, obedience makes me uncomfortable, because it confronts the values that I speak out with the reality how how I often am falling short of them in my life. I’d rather stick in the intellectual discussion of a certain theological treatise, or pick apart a concept that society is wrestling with. Obedience brings this discussion to a guttural level, asking me if I truly take serious the implications of following Someone’s Authoritative Voice. I’m excited to pursue this aspect of Ordinary Time with our faith community this month.
I’ve been shepherding 3rd Place through the Liturgical Year since Advent began this past November. A few weeks after our wedding, we entered into the second half of the rhythm of the Liturgical Year, known as “Ordinary Time.” Over the next five months, I’ll be posting a monthly reflection, prayer exercise, and engagement moving towards action that I introduced to our local faith community at 3rd Place.