Over a hundred years ago, G. K. Chesterton, an English writer, art critic, philosopher and lay theologian said,
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”
1500 years before him, St. Augustine said,
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him, the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
The above quotes are excerpts from the sermon that I preached from the top of Angel’s Rest in the Columbia Gorge for the TV audience of Bend, First Presbyterian this last Sunday. I have said that I believe that the future of the Church will emerge from the dialogue between our rich, historic tradition and the emerging spiritualities of our time. This sermon represents what I consider our best hope to bring those two together–the return of ancient religious mysticism.
Are you secretly a mystic?
Here is the link to the full service with the sermon:
Here is the link to the sermon only: https://bendfp.org/2022/07/jul-17th-a-divine-love-affair-with-rev-brian-heron/
By Rev. Brian Heron, Presbyter for Vision and Mission, Presbytery of the Cascades
3 thoughts on “A Divine Love Affair”
“A lover does not figure the odds, so he gives without cause or calculation or limit. A religious person behaves in ways to achieve salvation, but the lover gambles everything, the self, and the circle around the zero. Lovers do not require from God any proof, or any text, nor do they knock on a door to make sure this is the right street. They are beyond any religion, they just run, and they run”. (by—Jelaluddin Rumi
Beautiful. I hadn’t seen that before.