When I went to seminary in the late 1990s I was most interested in developing my own right doctrine. Lutheran seminary was a great place for that. I learned church history, ancient languages, philosophy, theology, and practical ministry to help me construct my orthodoxy. An exercise of the mind.
For the last eight years, at my current church, much of my pastoral and preaching was focused on discerning right principles for living, encouraging effective Christian practice, and acting in harmony with God’s will. Perhaps this goes along with the more professional nature of my congregants. We are all pretty good at getting things done. I really wanted to be a more effective person in the world, and explore how faith could be an untapped resource in that. An exercise of the will.
Something is shifting now. I’m now being called to explore right being. What does it mean to live and be in the presence of God, how do I come to a better awareness of my imago dei. How does one see as the mystics see, and connect with the ground of being. This is a journey of the soul.
From the Greek εἰμί, I exist, I am.
This is a quest for right being … right existing …
What a fascinating journey this quest for being is becoming.