‘Shalom Vandalized’ -or- What’s So Deadly About Sin?

January 7, 2010 — Leave a comment

“Fully Human, Fully Alive!”  That’s the goal.  Union with Christ is what we were made for!  It’s the new way of being human.  We need the new way because of the “infection of sin” or as Cornelius Plantiga has called it – “The Vandalism of Shalom”  (in Not The Way It’s Supposed To Be: A Breviary of Sin.)

In our Jan-Feb ’10 teaching mini-series we want to take a close look at the problem of sin and evil and how it works in our lives and in our world.  We will look at what the church has historically seen as ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ and the corresponding virtues as taught by Jesus in the Beatitudes.  We will trust God to give us a new sensitivity to our own sin and these “ways we assault ourselves, those around us, and the world as a whole.”  Jesus wants us to be restored and energized as the Good News of the Kingdom breaks into a world infected by sin!  I don’t know about you, but I want to live passionately without being controlled by my passions! (i.e. disordered desires)

One resource that will be helpful to have is a book by Jeff Cook, Seven: The Deadly Sins and the Beatitudes. It comes highly recommended by Scot McKnight and Peter Kreeft (and I concur!)  The author reminds us that “these deadly sins often seem pleasing and good for gaining what we desire, but they are thoroughly poisonous.” We want to see “How Sin Dishonors God and De-humanizes People” – including ourselves!

Oh yes, the seven?  Pride, envy, sloth (or spiritual apathy), greed, lust, wrath, and gluttony.  Go to  our website for a schedule of teachings.


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