18 June 2020
A Moment to Reflect -45
WILD CLOVER photographed at Baron’s Haugh Nature Reserve one summer
“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught like a person who had authority, not like their teachers of the law.” Mark 1:22 [New Century Version]
I think what I like most about the writings of the late Rachel Held Evans is her refreshing honesty and her uncommon transparency. She asked honest questions, wrestled with them and searched with an open mind and a generous heart. She didn’t mess about trying to finesse inconvenient truths into more palatable soundbites. Like Jesus himself she just ‘said it as it was’ with a similar sort of straightforwardness and simplicity. And so she always radiated authenticity. This gave her words authority.
Searing insight that ruffles the feathers of the powerful and reassures the fears of the poor and the powerless… Jesus was a Master at it and Rachel was his fully qualified, time-served Apprentice.
Here are a couple of examples of what I mean…
“The apostles remembered what many modern Christians tend to forget—that what makes the gospel offensive isn’t who it keeps out but who it lets in.” ― Rachel Held Evans, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.
“In my struggle to find church, I’ve often felt that if I could just find the right denomination or the right congregation, if I could just become the right person or believe the right things, then my search would be over at last. But right’s got nothing to do with it. Waiting around for right will leave you waiting around forever. The church is God saying: “I’m throwing a banquet, and all these mismatched, messed-up people are invited. Here, have some wine.”
― Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church.