‘Do’ versus ‘Live’

“There is a huge difference between Christianity viewed as something to do versus something to live. The word “do” implies rules, regulations, and sheer obedience. “Live,” on the other hand, calls to mind holism, groundedness, and thoughtfulness – it implies organic rhythms and routines.” – Todd Hunter (Giving Church Another Chance, Chapter 1)

For instance we do our quiet times of prayer or Bible study thinking that “now I’ve got to get back to the real business of real life in the rough and tumble work life”. This pattern often leads to what Henry David Thoreau suggested: Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. On the other hand, seeing Christian spirituality as whole-life, as including quiet time, but not being reduced to it, releases the Spirit-song in us. It teaches us that the grounds for spiritual development into Christlikeness and the most effective soil for spiritual practices are the people and events of our daily lives as we presently experience them.

A focus on life does this: the silence one may practice in the morning becomes, imperceptibly over time, an inner quality of being—gentle, humble, present, alert—that ones takes with them into the rhythms and routines of their existing life.

So sure—do quiet time, etc…but live a life as a follower of Jesus—and do it in such a way that others experience your life as for their good.

– Todd Hunter

Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday, June 29

Reading:  Genesis 2:7-9, 15-18, 20b-25 and John 15:1-11

Reflection Questions:

  1. Roam the fertile ground of the Garden of Eden as you read and reflect on the creation narrative about humanity’s origin.  What do you notice; what do you sense; what do you understand from God’s good intention for humanity?
  1. God presented one limitation in the garden (out of all that was given to Adam to eat and enjoy, there was 1 prohibition put on 1 tree in the garden). Limitations are often seen as a “bad.” We want what we want when and how we want it. But in this narrative, the limitation of God was for humanity’s “good” in his created order of life. How have you experienced or understood limitations as a “good” in your life? When confronted with a limitation in life, how do you respond to it? How might a limitation become a friend in the spiritual formation of your soul? Maybe you are currently struggling with some limitation and can’t seem to see it as a good. What if you were to see it as a way to accept your finitude, and an invitation to trust (rely on, depend on) God for the care of you body, soul, and entire life? How would this change the way you live with limitations?
  1. Read Jesus’ words to us in John 15:1-11. How does the picture of a garden as a metaphor for relationship and life expand your understanding of God’s intentions for you? What do you hear Jesus inviting you to experience? How might you respond to his invitations today? Talk to God about the things in your life, in your body, in your spirit that seem challenging to accept or embrace. Give thanks for specific ways you’ve experience fertile ground under the Gardener’s loving care.

The Divine Conspiracy – Men’s Reading Group

Saturday, November 15 | The men of Holy Trinity are invited to join Todd Hunter to a monthly reading group. The book we are reading together is Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy. We will conclude our discussion of this book with chapter 9. We meet at a local restaurant in Costa Mesa, 8:30am Saturday mornings. See the calendar or call/email Beth Khorey

Todd Hunter facilitates the discussion.

Dates: November 15
Time: 8:30am
Location: Mimi’s Cafe, 1835 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa [map]





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Why is Spiritual Growth So Slow? | September Monthly Gathering 
Friday, September 26, 2014
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The Divine Conspiracy | Men’s Reading Group
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