Daily Archives: May 5, 2014

BASIN THEOLOGY

I just could not pass this one up. I plan to comment on it more later.

WISDOM STORIES TO LIVE BY

One day a young, newly ordained priest, was having a conversation with a member of his congregation when the parishioner said, “You priests and preachers talk a lot about  ‘do unto others,’  but when you get right down to it, it comes down to basin theology.”

The young priest, now very curious, asked, “Basin theology?  What’s that?”

The insightful parishioner said, “Remember what Pilate did when he had the chance to acquit Jesus?  He called for a basin and washed his hands of the whole thing.  But Jesus, the night before dis death, called for a basin and proceeded to wash the feet of the disciples.  It all comes down to basin theology.”

Source | Adapted from Craig Larson,
Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching from Leadership Journal
Baker Book House (1997)

CONSIDER THIS

I wonder which basin you and I use most often? Is it the basin of disengagement or…

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Call to Perfection

Arsenius“While still living in the palace, Abba Arsenius prayed to God in these words, ‘Lord, lead me in the way of salvation.’ And a voice came saying to him, ‘Arsenius, flee from men and you will be saved. ‘Having withdrawn to the solitary life he made the same prayer again and he heard a voice saying to him, ‘Arsenius, flee, be silent, pray always, for these are the source of sinlessness.’ “

—sayings of the Desert Fathers

Threefold is the call to perfection. First we must flee. We flee from the slavery of the demands of the world. We are no longer obedient vassals  to what “everyone else” is doing and saying. Second, we must practice silence. The call to silence is a call to be attentive to the voice of God. God speaks loudest when we are silent . The third call is to pray always. In the practice of constant prayer ,we open ourselves to the will of God, and we draw closer to Him. These three concepts are a path to perfection.

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