I love stories. As a kid, I think I read just about every biography the local public library had! I love to see the interaction between people, to anticipate what’s going to happen next, to see examples of how someone has lived their life. This impacts how I read the bible. I’m drawn to the stories.
Several years ago I had a wonderful experience. A few friends and I were looking for a relaxed, unintimidating way to learn more about what the bible tells us about God and how we can relate to Him. Each Monday evening after their children were settled for the evening and we had all finished our work for the day, we would get together, open a bottle of wine and open the bible. We decided to call our evenings together “Wine and the Word.” We just wanted to see what we could learn about God and our relationship with Him and each other by spending time discussing what we read. We were gratified to see how our relationships grew and our desire deepened to know God more.
With such good memories and in a similar spirit of informality, I want to incorporate some of what I experienced then into Life After Church. So on Wednesday, I’ll be starting a regular post “Wine and the Word Wednesday.” (No, I couldn’t resist the temptation of the alliteration!) I’ll be making my way through the book of Luke. Sometimes a post may cover as much as an entire chapter, frequently it will be something less. I have several reasons for choosing Luke. I love how often he includes the perspective and experiences of women as he tells the life of Christ. His physician’s eyes seem to give him compassion for the pain people are experiencing and an ability to capture small details that add so much texture and colour to the story. Also, with the life of Christ as Luke’s subject, it fits well with the purpose of Life After Church which is to discover how we can best reflect Christ’s image. I invite you to pour a glass of wine, settle in comfortably and join me in taking a look at how Jesus lived His life here and see what we can learn about following His example.
I started this blog a year ago to work out what I believe about God and how we are to be reflecting His image. I’ve generally posted something when experiences have captured my attention, without a regular schedule. As I start into year two, though, I have a desire to add more order into how I write. Wine and the Word Wednesday is my first foray into a scheduled posting cycle. I have no idea how successful I will be in living up to the schedule….I’m just jumping in. Enticing myself with a glass of wine seemed like a good idea, too!