I’m convinced that the best way to fight over-familiarity, is by going as deeply as possible into the study of theology; viz., engaging the Scriptures with all of our minds in sacred meditation. And when it comes to Christmas, any effort to truly appreciate the majesty and grandeur of what took place at the birth of the Saviour, must begin in seeking to understand the promise that forever connected Eve to Mary (cf. picture above). Only then will we start to understand the glory of his birth. Only then will we start to understand the coming of Christ as the apex of all redemptive history, and even of history itself.
So as we set out to meditate on the glory of Christ’s incarnation, it is essential that we start here, with the story of Scripture. In the next few posts then, I’ll do my best to summarize the greater biblical narrative, highlighting some of the central themes along the way. And let me say this; it is truly is my favourite story in the whole world: it always overwhelms my otherwise calloused, over-familiar-heart; it always sets my eyes–anew–upon the majesty and glory of God’s great plan; and it always leaves my soul in a state of doxological overflow. So, as the hymn goes, I love to tell “the old, old story’. I love to tell it at Christmas time, and I love to tell it to all who will listen. And if you plan on following along for the next few posts, my prayer is that it would have this same great effect on you.
Moving on from those ideas and issues pertaining to the blog-title, the next step is to think about the blog’s content itself.
So, what exactly do I want to write about, anyway? Well, hold your horses little pilgrim, I’ll get there when I’m good and ready. First I need to say a bit about the greater categories. And this is exactly where the sub-title comes in: “Meditation on the sacred. Reflection on the secular”.
In this post, let me say a bit about that first sentence:
Meditation on the Sacred
By the term “sacred”, I have in mind Sacred-Scripture. Holy Writ. The Word of God itself: set against the profane, and set apart from the common.
By “meditation on the sacred”, I mean “writing of a theological-devotional nature”. Not the dry and dusty stuff. Not the shallow, fluffy nonsense. Rather, a true and experiential theology.
While I’m not at all against the need to think about the sacred at an exclusively academic level, that is not what I want to write about. Firstly, I know my station; I’m not an academic. More positively however, my calling is to the pastorate: a calling to preach and teach the Bible in a way that resonates with the heart and influences the soul. And whatever the value of academic theology (and there is indeed great value), my task is to bring it to the people and make it battlefield-ready. Sacred mind-engaging, heart-stirring, theological meditation. As a pastor, this is what I am called to do. As a pastor therefore, this is primarily what I want to write about. I’ll strive for a balance between brevity and substance. My focus will be singular: to write in such a way that probes your soul and leads you into further meditation upon the Word. In this regard, while I look forward to the benefits that writing will bring to me; my great hope (by the pure grace of God), is that these benefits are eclipsed by any scripture-extracted blessings that you might experience.