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Free Range Preaching: Humdrum

January 27th, 2011 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Eugene Petersen, the writer of the Message translation of the Bible, says this in his introduction to the book of Malachi:

Most of life is not lived in crisis – which is a good thing. Not many of us would be able to sustain a life of perpetual pain or loss or ecstasy or challenge. But crisis has this to say for it: In time of crisis everything, absolutely everything, is important and significant… And almost always, God and our relationship with God is on the front page.

But during the humdrum times, when things are, as we tend to say, ‘normal’, our interest in God is crowded to the margins of our lives and we become preoccupied with ourselves. ‘Religion’ during such times is trivialized into asking ‘God-questions’ – calling God into question or complaining about him, treating the worship of God as a mere hobby or diversion, managing our personal affairs (such as marriage) for our own convenience and disregarding what God has to say about them, going about our usual activities as if God were not involved in such dailyness.

The prophecy of Malachi is made to order for just such conditions…

What do you think? What parts of your everyday life does Malachi speak to? Are you at risk of letting ‘normal’ life draw you away from God? And how does being part of the community of God fit into all of this?

These are the questions for this week! I look forward to your input as I start writing on Friday.

Message: Out of the Boat People #3 – Thalia – 30 Jan 2011
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