This week's contribution to the "Rest Fest" comes from my little bro, Josh Miller. I've been saving this as a little treat for you all (perhaps not so much for him ;) but here is a photo only a sister would put on the internet:
He's improved with age!
Josh is (or was, until quite recently) a pentecostal pastor. For some time he has been on a journey away from institutional religion. Josh and I often bounce around theological ideas... I would have to say that he has been one of the main influences in my journey through Christian faith, over the last decade or so. You also have Josh to thank for the fact that I blog - it was he who introduced me to the blogosphere. His (unfortunately, now long unused) blog can be found here.
for some of you, his thoughts on rest will sound a lot more specifically "Christian" than a lot of the stuff you read here - but I think it is good to see what an orthodox, Christian understanding of rest looks like (especially since I myself have been labelled somewhat of a heretic, of late!! ;) Interestingly, I see parallels with Andrew's recent post on rest and Buddhist meditation and mindfulness, and Ian Metcalfe's post (the very first) on rest as a state of mind. See what YOU think!
The Way of Rest
- Josh Miller -
Well, my sister has asked me to write a piece on Biblical rest. Though I’m not convinced I’m the most qualified to write this I am convinced that if we don’t understand rest then we don’t understand the Christian concept of salvation or the essence of the Scriptures. I also believe that ignorance/neglect of this concept has led to a whole lot of destructive behaviour in the name of faith.