Have you ever felt like we need to find a better way to talk about God? The language we use and the images they create may have been useful at one time, but now they get in the way? The issue isn't God, it is the way we think and talk about God that is the issue. It is familiar and comfortable- and that may be half the problem right there.
When Isaiah has a vision of coming into the presence of God, he is "undone" (Is. 6:5- one of the few times I prefer the KJV!). I love that phrase. Most of us most of the time, have a pretty well settled view of God. It makes sense. It is understood. It is manageable. It is wrong.
When was the last time thinking about God caused you to become un-done? Everything you thought you knew is out the window. What used to satisfy and bring comfort now seems so insufficient, so...inadequate.
That is one reason I chose Rob Bell's book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, as a selction for the Pastor's Summer Book Club. Bell has a way of seeing things that is sometimes startling, sometimes troubling and sometimes breathtaking. Here is what he says about his book:
I’ve written this book about that word (God), then, because there’s something in the air, we’re in the midst of a massive rethink, a movement is gaining momentum, a moment in history is in the making: there is a growing sense among a growing number of people that when it comes to God, we’re at the end of one era and the start of another, an entire mode of understanding and talking about God dying as something new is being birthed.
Interested? Copies of the book (at least a few) are still available at the church, or can be picked up, ordered or downloaded in all the usual places. Read it at your own pace and then come on Sunday, September 15 after the second service (we genearlly start about noon)to share insights, ask questions and get some new ways to think about God.