Draft 1, 29 Oct 2020, The Great Reset
- John 13:34 A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.
- Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
- Whenever you need help with (1) or (2), just ask.
- If you see someone struggling with (1) or (2), offer to help.
In Which We Submit To Our Place in God’s Creation, And Are Commended By Him
“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4
Envy is a close cousin to greed, though greed focuses on the thing desired while envy on the person who currently has it. It has been called the most miserable sin, since it doesn’t cause even temporary pleasure to those who commit it!
Envy can be defined as resenting those who possess what we crave. In contrast, mourners have processed the painful truth that this life will never fulfill our deepest longings. But as we submit to our place in God’s created order, we receive what the wise crave most: the comfort of His divine presence.
Peter Kreeft: Back to Virtue
- 9. Blessed Mourner vs. Mourner at Others’ Blessedness (Envy)
- Dick Hockett: Foundations of Wisdom
- 3.6 (Modest) Example: Proverbs about the Tongue
So, the good news is that our church is gearing up to start LEAD! on September 4th, and already taking applications! That’s also the bad news, since I’ve only finished three classes. 😦
Still, it only takes me about four hours per class, which is two late night waiting-to-feed-Rohan sessions (assuming he behaves), so I should be able to keep up.
The real problem is that my lesson topics have gone in a completely different direction that originally envisioned. More, my pastor has a slightly different vision for how things should fit together. Given the time timeframes, it is essential we get on the same page (and stick to it, if possible).
Here’s my current vision for what is now being called “Theological Foundations”. Hopefully my pastor and I can converge on this syllabus soon (once he’s no longer busy with his new grandson 🙂
[Updated and ratified 8/19 with John Isaacs]