working the angles

rhap·so·dy ::.  1. Exalted or excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing. 2. A literary work written in an impassioned or exalted style. 3. A state of elated bliss; ecstasy. 4. Music. A usually instrumental composition of irregular form that often incorporates improvisation.

just keep on swimming. keep on swimming. i feel like dory. life is anything but normal or regular. i keep on going, working the angles. there is no formula but discipleship demands one thing, to emphasize the centrality of attention to God. i think that this can be done through three angles. while eugene peterson (one of my heroes, o regent and vancouver stills woos my heart) calls this trigonometry for pastors, i think it basically outlines the life of a disciple, afterall, God is interested in building a kingdom of priests not simply worshippers, or merely people who like to sing and feel good about themselves. (1 peter 2:5,9)

three basic acts: “so basic, so critical, that they determine the shape of everything else. The acts are praying, reading Scripture, and giving spiritual direction. Besides being basic, these three acts are quiet. They do not call attention to themselves and so are often not attended to. In the clamourous world of pastoral work nobody yells at us to engage in these acts. It is possible to do pastoral work to the satisfaction of the people who judge our competence and pay our salaries without being either diligent or skilled in them… The three acts constitute acts of attention: prayer is an act in which I bring myself to attention before God; reading Scripture is an act of attending to God in his speech and action across two millennia in Israel and Christ; spiritual direction is an act of giving attention to what God is doing in the person who happens to be before me at any given moment.” (Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor, p.2)

The acts—prayer, reading Scripture, and giving spiritual direction—are acts of attention to God in three different contexts: oneself, the community of faith, and another person.

What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me? I’ll lift high the cup of salvation — A toast to God! I’ll pray in the name of God; I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, And I’ll do it together with his people. ~ bono citing psalm 116 from the message bible before “where the streets have no name” at the elevation tour

more from the man :: “If we get our information from the biblical material there is no doubt that the Christian life is a dancing, leaping, daring life.”Eugene Peterson

now dance with me. anybody? hello?

more working the angles ::.
[our munchkin at 12 weeks]


and yes, it’s a boy!


4 Responses to “working the angles”

  1. 1 Toddhttp://www.toddhiestand.com
    June 14, 2005 at 6:30 pm

    dude, i was pretty dang excited about your post…then i saw the pic and the “boy!” NICE WORK!

    very excited over here…

  2. 2 Kirby
    June 15, 2005 at 4:45 am

    very impressive work. Logan Tom…Wolverine.

  3. 3 Ed Chttp://www.inamirrordimly.com
    June 20, 2005 at 3:17 pm

    congrats LT. Can’t wait to read future posts about your boy!

  4. 4 Toddhttp://www.toddhiestand.com
    June 21, 2005 at 2:31 am

    btw, this post was good stuff. just thought you might want to know that.

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[american born chinese pastor]
seeks to be that third place for those who are american born chinese [abc] in ministry.
here we may explore issues unique to the chinese church and doing ministry in that context
expand the intersection of asian american culture and christian faith
or simply expose what goes on in the mind of this abcpastor

this may be a bit ambitious or even naiive but i do hope that through the posts we can bring together different faith communities, passions for the advancement of the Gospel and the equipping of the body of Christ.

if you are an abc pastor or have any suggestions or would like to contribute to make this space evolve, just comment.


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