Thursday, August 27, 2009

"The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World" by Miroslav Volf

I must begin by saying that if you have not read a book by Dr. Miroslav Volf, than find one and read it! He is a profound theologian with a fascinating mind and heart! And he has written several books all of which have been awesome reads! I am a huge fan!
I first read his book titled: "The End of Memory" while in my second year of seminary. This book has been extremely influential in my life as a pastor and as a theologian. I would highly recommend it to anyone. He discusses the idea of memory in the life of Christian individuals and communities. His own story offers the backdrop along the way and he discusses some profound theological implications of memory and the past.
In this text, he discusses the Jewish Seder and the Christian Eucharist practices. These rituals are described by the use of a specific term: sacred memory. The idea of sacred memory is not simply doing these practices for the sake of remembering the original events in which the ritual was first conducted; but rather, viewing these rituals as a participation in the original event by participants thousands of years removed from the original event! What a profound thought! What if we viewed communion (as Christians) as a true participation in the Last Supper of Christ, rather than simply a remembering of the Last Supper. There are wide and divergent views on the meaning of the Eucharist (real presence of Christ, transubstantiation, consubstantiation and so on and so forth) but if practicing the ritual were seen as participation in the actual original event might Christians find the common ground around the common meal thus reuniting groups that have been at odds for centuries? What happens when we as Christians stop using the Eucharist as a tool for division and see it as a participation in the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Think about it...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Prodigal God

I just recently finished reading the small book by Pastor Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. It is a fantastic read, and I would highly recommend it to anyone! I enjoyed reading it so much that I want to use it for a small group and would love to hear what other people thought of the book. I simply found myself gripped by the simplicity, readability, and profound centeredness of this book! READ IT!