Bringing the Text to Life
Ever notice how the places that are celebrated as perfectly gifted with the qualities that raise consciousness, enlighten the mind, bring peace to the soul -- are located about as far away from where you are as possible?
Popular spiritualities routinely tout the mountains of Tibet, the temples of India, the deserts of New Mexico as the best locations for exalted spiritual insight and renewal. When is the last time you heard someone talk about finding fertile ground for nurturing the soul in ... White Plains, New York; Topeka, Kansas; Boise, Idaho; Green Bay, Wisconsin; or (name your community here)? Perhaps that is one reason so many of us decide that setting out on a spiritual quest, going on a journey in search of God's perfect presence, is simply too much effort. Assuming that an experience of holiness requires some exotic, remote location, we despair of any hope of experiencing God in our own lives before we even get started.
Paul's speech before the Athenians dared them to...