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Saturday, July 30, 2005

+Wright at Ordination July 2005

I saw this at emergent's site. Hat tip to him. I attended the ordination and it was a great service in the cathedral.

A paragraph from Bishop Tom Wright's "charge" to ordination candidates, July 2005:

So as Paul teaches the muddled Corinthians, divided and confused as they were about many things, where they may find the wisdom that upstages the wisdom of the world, he brings them back to the very heart of it all, the centre of all Christian living and hence the centre of all Christian ministry. Being ordained is partly about standing up in public as a sign – God help us! – that there is such a thing as Christian believing and living and that it makes sense; and we who are ‘professionals’ dare not for a second forget that the only way to make sense of ordination is to be ever more deeply rooted and grounded in Jesus the Messiah and him crucified. Listen again to what Paul says: He (that is, God) is the source of your life in the Messiah, Jesus, who became for us the wisdom of God, yes, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, the one who boasts should boast of the Lord. Actually, that first line is even tighter in the Greek: it reads, literally, ‘from him are you in Christ Jesus’. From God in Christ; that is who we are, what we are, where we are and why we are. Everything we shall do today and tomorrow (not least the first eucharist that the new priests will celebrate), and everything we shall do from Monday morning onwards, whether it’s walking down the High Street in a new dog collar, making a funeral visit, or even taking a short break with the family – everything is to be seen in these terms, From God in Christ. An ordained person is, par excellence, what every Christian is: a gift from God, wrapped up in Christ – a gift not just to the church, but to the world. As Paul says later in the letter, you are not your own, you were bought with a price. God went out to buy a present for the world he loves so much; he chose you, wrapped you in the healing and cleansing life and death of his own Son, and now presents you to the world as a gift of his love, his wisdom.

4 Comments:

Blogger Karen B. said...

Wow! I've said it before but will say it again. I'd modify my position on cloning if we could clone some NT Wrights for this side of the Atlantic! :-)

10:27 pm  
Anonymous becca said...

extraordinarily well said! a real cut to the chase ... thank you for posting this ...

3:00 am  
Anonymous Kevin said...

The entire sermon is on the web:
Christ the Power of God and the Wisdom of God

3:58 pm  
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11:49 pm  

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