One of my seminary professors, Dr. Ken Schenck, recently suggested that pertinence was a better word than relevance as an essential characteristic for an organization, especially those with distinctly Christian identities. Pertinence, he wrote, is relevance with substance. In other words, it is necessary to speak and act in such a way that adds wisdom, insight, and benefit in order to advance culture.
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“This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
I love these words spoken to the Israelites regarding living in uncertain times. One of the things I love is that the goal of walking is to move forward, to advance. God is taking the people somewhere; moving the people of Israel toward a promised future. That future is filled with goodness, rest, and peace.
In uncertain times, it is always our temptation to retreat and long for the good old days. However, following the Ancient Way is not about doing laps around some monument of past success or perceived cultural dominance. The Ancient Way always leads us forward – pertinent (relevant with substance) to the rapidly changing and uncertain times in which we live. Our lives carry weight and there is often an unspoken truth to our lives. That truth comes from who we listen to and follow.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Jesus (Matthew 7:7)
Prayer for the day: Lord, help me to be pertinent. Let me act and speak in such a way that I embody the way of life, wisdom, and hope. As the song says, endue me with every grace for every act of risk taking love as I follow you. Amen.
This “One More Thing” was inspired by Pastor Ryan’s Sermon “Where Do you Dwell?”
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