Lectionary citations Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17
Weekly Theme: Mysterious Encounter
Reflection: by Mark Suriano
In his book on the emergent church, How (Not) to Speak of God, Peter Rollins includes a reflection on what he calls “Heretical Orthodoxy” and invites his readers to consider a third way, somewhere between what he sees as the dual idolatries of absolutism and relativism. In thinking about this divide he invites the possibility of moving from the idea of orthodoxy as “right believing” to seeing orthodoxy as “believing in the right way.” It is a subtle shift to be sure but one that can have powerful implications for understanding that the Christian faith is about a way of believing rather than a means of believing things about the world.