Here’s a sample, if you can bear it:
We want our ministries to be postured in such a way that the corporeality of the divine is in contact not only with our community, but also with our neighborhoods and cities. Too often, we sacramental leaders can offer the manifest goods of God to our own people in water, Word, bread, and wine, but by design or disregard, we put up barriers to these gifts so that our neighborhoods are divorced from the very transfigurational power of Jesus that they so desperately need to be in touch with.
Reading “From Transaction to Transfiguration” reminded me of my very brief stint as a teaching assistant in a liberal arts department. Freshman students would turn in this sort of dross with expectations of praise and high marks. They were baffled and crestfallen that the academy didn’t actually value pretentiousness.
My preferred method of corrective instruction was to give them a copy of The Economist as a better style to mimic. They could just as well have read the Gospels and Epistles that are masterful examples of brevity and precision in literature, piercing every culture and time with ease.
Instead of fumbling about in mystical darkness, here is the answer the author sought to the problems he sees. Note that this author said we should imitate him:
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18-31 ESV)
There is no reason to plant the gospel in a minefield. It is the clear Word of God that even infants respond to. Please just proclaim the certain word of hope that we have received for our salvation.