Confessions of a 20-Year Old Theologian.

First, think of the issue or thing that you think causes the greatest division in modern day culture. It could be a political point, a socio-economic one, or even a racial issue. Whatever it is, keep it in your mind.

Based on that theme,

the teams have to create a twenty-five minute musical complete with songs, original choreography, and a full plot. At the end of it, the three teams compete against each other before one is crowned the winner (Not to brag but I’ve been on the winning team for two years straight).

So, back to Perichoresis.

Peri- is the root word for perimeter, and it means something like “around”. -chore- is the root of choreography, so it means “movement”. As such, Perichoresis translates roughly to “a dance in the round”. Imagine a medieval movie where everyone is holding hands and dancing in a circle and you’ve got Perichoresis. Singarama exemplifies the concept in a more modern context.

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

God promises this vision will come to reality.

All people will be united in the purpose they were created for; praising God. However, unity in diversity is clearly not reality now. Rather, our world tends to disunify the instant diversity of thought, faith, or appearance enters the picture. People can prescribe open dialogue, reconciliation meetings, or anything else to solve problems. Our solutions can help, but the only way to truly solve the problems is unification in Christ.

I have another confession.

After being accused of making himself unclean, Peter gives a “step by step” description of the Gentiles conversion, and makes it clear that the whole process was ordained by God. In general, Christianity throws vocal support behind Peter, but their lives sing a different tune. Christians say they want outsiders to come to know God, and yet rarely do they live that way. I’m one of those Christians.

A while back,

I read a book about the demographic changes Christianity is going through. It treated the number of Christians in America as dependent more on immigration and birth rates than the movement of the church and the Holy Spirit. The author wasn’t trying to make this point, but much of the American church has become so complacent that he’s right.

I firmly believe there are people who woke up this Sunday without the thought of church or God on their mind who will end up praising God before His throne then.

Those people will end up there as a result of God’s work on this earth between now and then, and the Church as His people can be the instruments He uses to make it happen.

I think God has gotten a bad rap as some archaic taskmaster.

He’s seen as just prescribing rules for people to live by. In spite of this I’ve experienced God, and I can honestly say life with Him is better than anything else. I think it’s impossible for anyone to live into their potential as a human being without knowing Him. He desires the best for His people, and that starts with a relationship with Him.

It’s hard to build relationships with people you don’t know.

I could be wrong about this, but it may be time for modern-day Christians to step out beyond just the comfortable friends they have now. I’m trying to kickstart this in my own life. I hope to be open to new relationships wherever they crop up, whether that’s as I’m getting my morning coffee or working at my job. That way, I can be open to however God uses me.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals.

He will dwell with them;

they will be his peoples,

and God himself will be with them;

he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:1–5)

I hope you enjoyed this, have a great week!!



Writer. Teacher. Pastor. Interpreter of strange times, and aspiring polymath.

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Lorne Jaques

Writer. Teacher. Pastor. Interpreter of strange times, and aspiring polymath.