Thursday, February 08, 2007

Movements and the Life of Christ: Exercise 4

5 comments:

Amy said...

I had this thought as I completed this exercise that so often each different tradition is exclusive in their view of who has it right when really each reflects an aspect of God and how he/she relates to us.

It seems that in order to give prominence to one aspect, we have to acknowledge the areas of lacking in another. How can we do that constructively rather than destructively, though? (I'm not sure there's a definitive answer...just thinking on this one at the moment..).

Jemila Monroe said...

Richard Foster does a great job of being constructive about this in "Streams of Living Water." Basically the idea is to recognize and open to the strengths of other traditions, flowing toward an embrace of all, like rivers flowing toward the ocean.

Lori said...

I hate multiple choice. I admire your beautiful spirits, that choose to make use of any opportunity to consider and learn. :)

Jemila Monroe said...

Lori, I am definitely with you on the aversion to multiple choice. Sometimes it's good as a conversation starter in the context of a group discussion, even if just to say, "Here's why I can't choose between these two," or "Here are the circumstances where A applies, or some combination of B & C." Or you can just ignore the multiple choice entirely and answer with whatever's on your heart and mind. There's certainly no pressure here!

Lori said...

Thanks, Jemila, for taking off the pressure. And yes, you're right, even multiple choice can be a good conversation starter. (amazing what God can use, isn't it?!)