Friday, August 24, 2012

Carpe Diem, the Extraordinary Life: When Time Stands Still

Audio file available.

Joshua 10.5-14; Matthew 27.35-45

In our Carpe Diem series, we’ve been looking at time from the perspective of biblical theology, and looking for clues for living the extraordinary life. We examined the initiative of God in "the fullness of time". We talked about punching the clock, how we can be enslaved by time and how we can redeem it. We looked at productivity and priorities with the intent to find our "one thing" in God alone. We discussed the rhythms that undergird our life in time, the rhythms of sleep and Sabbath. And, today, we wrap up the series with "when time stands still".

Joshua - time standing still
Buck Showalter, "his clock"
time and team sports

Return to prior themes
fullness of time
kairos, kronos

Men of Issachar, "understood the times and knew ...", 1 Chr 12.32
Esther, "for such a time as this", Esther 4.6-14 (14)
Carpe Diem, seize the day!

Clarence Jordan, 1942, Americus Georgia, Koinonia Farm
KKK: We won’t let the sun set on people like you
Jordan: Pleased to meet you gentlemen. I’ve been waiting all my life to meet someone who could make the sun stand still.
from Common Prayer, p. ?

Understanding the times . . . for such a time as this
Carpe Diem, seize the day!

Augustine, The Confessions, Book 11, "Time and Eternity"
measuring time, which tends toward non-being

"The present of things past is in memory; the present of things present is in intuition; the present of things future is in expectation." And, all of this is found in the human soul and no where else! (11.20.26)

"In the eternal, nothing can pass away but the whole is present ...." (11.11.13)

"With you, today is eternity." (11.13.15)

Eternity is in the soul ... and we can bring it to bear on the passing of time

The fullness of time, kairos
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart – Hebrews 3.7-8
Now is the day of salvation – 2 Corinthians 6.2
Today you will be with me in Paradise – Luke 23.43
Carpe Diem, seize the DAY!

Timeless moments, Kairos moments
Darkness – absence of time ... in a civilization that tells time by the sun!
Matthew 27.45, darkness from noon to 3, Redemption, New Creation
Exodus 10.21-29, darkness for 3 days in Egypt, Redemption
Genesis 1.2, darkness covers the face of the earth, Creation

Baptism (today is baptism day)
entrance into new creation, into redemption
Carpe Diem, seize the DAY!

On Clarence Jordan: Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro (The Simple Way and School for Conversion). 2010. Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Augustine, The Confessions, Book 11, "Time and Eternity", translated by John K. Ryan, 1960. New York: Image/Doubleday.

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