TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Lose Your Illusion

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Any failure of self-knowledge on the pastor’s part weakens preaching as spiritual direction. Pastors, for example, who are driven by a need for self-approval and self-affirmation unwittingly distort preaching through their own neediness. Other pastors set up conflict and strife through so-called “prophetic sermons” nurtured by pastors’ neediness for conflict (rather than affirmation or love). Quite paradoxically, self-knowledge depends upon our ability to risk discovering in ourselves, in our families, congregations, and denominational structures, and in our heroes and heroines, motivations, behaviors, and realities we do not wish to acknowledge or to see. The confidence that we are loved unconditionally by God is that which enables us to risk the important work of disillusionment. Our willingness to lose our illusions in order to find ourselves and God is aptly captured by Augustine: Noverim me, noverim te, that is, “Let me know myself, let me know you.”

– 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!

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