Living by the Logic of Love

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One of the resources I use often is Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking. He had an interesting take on the scripture verses from last Sunday’s sermon. Our focus at our Worship Gathering was on the significance of considering ourselves and others to be truly children of God and why this matters as much today as it did in Jesus’ time. McClaren looks at those same verses (John 1:1-17) and discusses various kinds of logic with which we approach life. The logic of rivalry says there’s not enough (love, money, resources, etc.) and the only way to survive and thrive is through “competing, defeating, deceiving, displacing, or killing…” those around us. (McLaren, p. 13). The logic of compliance requires that humans comply and avoid risking their survival by just going along with the way things are. Lastly, the logic of mechanism says it’s all a big cause and effect, so get what you can however you can, because that’s all there is. The origin stories we’ve looked at in Genesis and John give a huge alternative – what McLaren calls “the logic of creativity, goodness, and love. The universe is God’s creative project, filled with beauty, opportunity, […]

Luke 10:1-12

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On the Sundays that Telos doesn’t have a Worship Gathering, your Leadership Team gathers. When we do, we have Bible study, practice spiritual disciplines (prayer, etc.), and work on moving Telos forward. This past Sunday night, we looked at Luke 10:1-12. We had a lively discussion and wanted to share some of what we talked about with you, mostly in the form of questions that can lead you in being thoughtful and faithful with your own lives: The people were sent out in pairs. Another example that we were made for relationship, we need community, and God never sends us out to do hard stuff all alone. Jesus seems to be encouraging the disciples to travel light (see v. 4). What would it mean to travel light in life? Less stuff? Less anxiety and worry? We talked about how Telos can travel light, and we agreed that the simplicity of what we do (Worship, Community Service) is one way we travel light, and it helps Telos to have more clarity about where our journey takes us. What does it mean to extend peace to the many “houses” we enter? What are those houses? Work? School? Our regular coffeeshop? The literal […]