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Our Common Life: Vocation (2016.11.13 Sermon)

November 14th, 2016

John Chandler


John Chandler wrapped up our time in our practices with a bigger picture of vocation.

Quotes and links mentioned:

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  • “The problem is that humans were made for a particular vocation, which they have rejected; that this rejection involves a turning away from the living God to worship idols; that this results in giving to the idols—“ forces” within the creation—a power over humans and the world that was rightfully that of genuine humans; and that this leads to a slavery, which is ultimately the rule of death itself, the corruption and destruction of the good world made by the Creator.” — NT Wright
  • Vocation is “an active, involved role within God’s future world, anticipated by an equivalent active, involved role within God’s present creation.” — NT Wright
  • “Most people don’t form a self and then lead a life. They are called by a problem, and the self is constructed gradually by their calling.” — David Brooks, It’s Not About You
  • “During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music. I feel this has been granted through his grace. ALL PRAISE TO GOD…This album is a humble offering to him. An attempt to say “THANK YOU GOD” through our work, even as we do in our hearts and with our tongues. May He help and strengthen all men in every good endeavor.” — John Coltrane

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