A Pilgrim Heart-Tattoo

In the last few posts I’ve been explaining the basic idea behind this blog’s name (‘tolerated sojourner’).  We’ve covered a bit of ground at this point, seeking to show that this expression is something that captures the tension of the biblical worldview itself. As exiles and sojourners, our eyes are always on the land: the blessed hope. But this hope must be set against the realities of time in which we now live and the land through which we now sojourn.

I’ve also mentioned that, in accordance with my aim for this blog, I feel that this is the perfect paradigm through which to write. However, describing this theme merely in terms of an overarching paradigm, would be to sell it short. So, I want to round up by saying that this is more than a paradigm for me. Much more. It is a truth that always serves to bring me into spiritual focus and set my heart right as I move along in the journey.

Maybe, at the end of the day, this is the real reason that I wanted to give the blog this title. It serves as a kind of theological shorthand, and keeps the truth constantly before me. Perhaps even more, it serves as a pilgrim heart-tattoo. Negatively, for fear that unless permanently held before my eyes, the memory might slip away. Positively, because to dwell on this theme always leaves my heart in a good place, and leaves my mind with a clear sense of perspective.

What do I mean? Well, in the next post I’ll say a bit more about this.

A Tolerated What Now?

“Tolerated Sojourner”. Granted, it’s a bit of a weird title the first time you read it. Tolerated? Really? Why would any sojourner mention that he was only tolerated? Moreover, why would he/she glory in this fact (and even make mention of it in a blog-title)?

Well, put as simply as possible, I’ve given the blog this title because the expression (and the theology behind it) will have a major effect on every single post that I write, no matter what I write about.

The reason for this is that these two words are absolutely packed with rich and profound biblical-theological meaning. In fact, I first came across the phrase in the writings of Meredith Kline (a man whom I would, without hesitation, deem ‘the king of biblical theology’). Now, the reality is that Kline has many important summary expressions, all of which pack the power of a theological atom-bomb. In my opinion, however, the expression “tolerated sojourner” is among the most powerful (and personally meaningful) of these.

In the following posts, I’ll tell you why I feel this way.