Jean’s Gospel: Our Father- Part 3

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11 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    This is just an awesome book…well done, again, Jean.

  2. Josh the Baptist says:

    Agree with Michael. This is top notch.

  3. Jean says:

    Thank you Michael and Josh! At times I struggle with the issue of: Can I say anything without saying everything? And I can’t say everything, especially in bite sized articles. I’m not complaining, but just sharing that it’s a serious issue when handling God’s Word.

  4. Josh the Baptist says:

    Totally understand that. Thought about as I was preaching last Sunday. I had so much stuff I wanted to talk about, but limited time. Then, if I just tried to hit every topic quickly, nothing would be impactful. Definitely a struggle to keep a narrow enough focus, without leaving out crucial info. Good job.

  5. Owen says:

    Jean @ #3…

    You’re doing a great job with that balancing act Jean, IMO – I think you summarize very well.

    “In the word – Our – we are claiming a family relationship with the Father and all His children. The structure of His prayer should arouse in us a sense of solidarity, which all Christians share in the body of Christ (i.e., the Church). To call God Father, we must be willing to recognize His other children as our brothers and sisters.”

    This something I still struggle with at times, the feeling of being in a Christian community. Our small church is helpful with this, but there are only a few there I find I can feel that way about. This blog has been helpful with that as well.

    I do have the sense of solidarity in a general sense, but sometimes actually applying it to other Christians I know/meet with is difficult for me. Just my own personal issues.

  6. Jean says:

    Hi Owen @ #5,

    If you are a member of an LCC congregation, as I recall you sharing previously, then I assume you are sharing a rich worship liturgy (and the Sacrament of the Alter) with your fellow parishioners. That is more Christian community than many typical modern Christians can even imagine. I think you can find joy in that.

    I don’t think we’re called to be best buds with every sinner/saint in our various congregations. Paul talked about our “one”-ness in Ephesians Chapter 4″

    “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

    But I would and do pray that if the crap hit the fan for you or others, that a great number would gather around the person in need for bodily and spiritual assistance. I even see it happen here and on FB from time to time, thanks be to God.

  7. the Jesuit Borg (brian) says:

    Nicely done thanks Jean

  8. brian says:

    oops I have been released from the collective sorry about that 🙂 Again very nice article Jean thanks for all the hard work.

  9. surfer51 says:

    After work I got my chips and salsa, a favorite snack of mine, and sat in my big leather chair.

    While eating I turned on my laptop and came to this post.

    So I get my favorite snack and on top of it I get fed the living Word of God.

    I came to this realization half way through Jean.

    Jesus told Peter to “feed My sheep.”

    I have to say Jean you served up a wonderful meal to this sheep.

    I love your ability to show restraint and stick to the chase.

    You tie everything together in a way that stimulated thought and brought greater comprehension of the subject.

    It’s alright, go ahead and write a large tome like Matthew Henry did or some others.

    If your writing is this rich and informative, I would speculate that there are those of us who would enjoy reading it.

    Your a breath of fresh air among some of the airbags who are not called to teach but are up in front of the sheep boring God’s people.

    I really am glad Michael is allowing Kevin and you to share here.

    Oh and of course the magnificent MLD!

    I am finished with my chips and got my spiritual meal, now I have the happy monk on me 🙂

  10. Jean says:

    Thank you Surfer!

  11. Owen says:

    Jean, thanks for the encouragement….

    I have always loved the fact that most of the hymns we sing speak of the collective, the Body. It actually makes me a little uncomfortable when there is a more modern song inserted that speaks to the individual relationship – maybe because that seems to me to be better suited to solitary worship.
    And our church does rise to the occasion when there is need. But there are also a number of cliques – not sure how normal that is, or not.

    And I agree, we aren’t called to befriend the whole congregation. I have to remember that.

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