TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Fixing Problems


Spiritual director Margaret Guenther wryly notes the “assumption that everything is, in principle, fixable” is a myth. Spiritual direction stands in direct contrast with North America’s myth of progress, presuming instead the “un-fixability” in human life and institutions! According to Guenther, “It’s about mortality. It’s about love. It’s about things that can’t be fixed” but which can be lived into, deeply, with God’s help…

Preaching as spiritual direction is not about fixing problems – life is ultimately insoluble, after all – but about ongoing guidance and orientation to God, self, others, and the world while resisting evil in all its manifestations… The religious authority of such leaders rests not in their moral perfection, or in superior intellectual capacities, or in a spotlessly virtuous character (though moral well-being, scholarship, and virtuousness are certainly to be desired) but, rather, in their intimacy with God and their unquenchable desire for God’s intentions toward the world to become realized…

For example, since racism cannot be “fixed,” few congregations tackle the issues of racism, and even fewer congregations respond to racism. However, if “fixing” racism is not the pragmatic starting point for congregational conversation – but, rather, reflective, imaginative, spiritual thinking is the starting point – then a congregation can begin to process systemic injustices and cultivate the courage as a congregation to resist them. Acts of resistance attempt not to solve evil so much as to expose it, respond to it, and refuse to play by its rules.

– Kay Northcutt, Kindling Desire for God

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TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Rev. Rich Vincent

After 24 years of pastoring, I continue to stumble toward Christ, and invite you to do the same. Prayerfully hoping the material on this site will aid you to this end. Grace and peace!