I’ve been reading Fleming Rutledge’s book, “Advent” and finding it provocative. Rutledge is an Episcopal priest with a theology that falls into the Calvinist vein, she argues that there is nothing we human’s can do, only God can bring forth transformation. She writes that Advent is the season that points the church toward the second coming of Christ, not the incarnation. The readings in Advent support this idea, apocalyptic teachings that point to the God’s final reign in glory, when good prevails over evil.
In the meantime we have Advent and this idea:
The disappointment, brokenness, suffering, and pain that characterize life in this present world is held in dynamic tension with the promise of future glory that is yet to come. In that Advent tension, the church lives its life. (Advent, Kindle location 364)
I too am an Episcopal priest, but I am not a Calvinist. My theology is “Incarnational,” I believe that God chose to come into the world in human flesh, in the person of Jesus. And therefore I believe that God chooses to continue God’s work in the world through human beings, through us. That we, being invited by God to work with God, are capable of bearing worthy fruit.
I am finding good food for thought in her reflections on good and evil and John the Baptist and commend this book to you….
Where are you on this third Sunday of Advent? What are you finding provocative?
This is the 11th Hour Preacher Party, and I’ll be here all day.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.
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