one more day with friends

Paul arrived yesterday, but we decided not to start walking until tomorrow because of predictions of rain today. That also meant we could hang around another day.

So last night we went with Chris and Ryan to a local pub to meet Adam and talk theology. Good guys. And an interesting conversation, ranging from Barth and Aquinas on truth and how everything true points to God, to liberation theology, to the institutionalization of ministries and how that tends to quench the Spirit. My question was how to avoid that tendency, and how to avoid grabbing on and trying to "own" what should always be God's work.

It reminds me of Jesus' words, "He who saves his life will lose it." And how he avoided the accumulation of money and power and the lustful possessiveness that accompanies those. This left Jesus weak and vulnerable. "But he who loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it."

Heather should be in France by now. And tomorrow we'll be on the road. Lord, have mercy and bless us, and bless those we meet.