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The Christian Life — Are Your Tastes Being Formed?

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2018 in christian life

 

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Time for a Great Quote: Flannery O’Connor on Our Tastes Being Formed

Mary Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American writer and essayist.
“The high school English teacher will be Screenshot 2016-02-10 05.46.59 fulfilling his responsibility if he furnishes the student a guided opportunity, through the best writing of the past, to come, in time, to an understanding of the best writing of the present. He will teach literature, not social studies or little lessons in democracy or the customs of many lands.

“And if the student finds that this is not to his taste? Well, that is regrettable. Most regrettable. His taste should not be consulted; it is being formed.”

(from Flannery O’Connor’s “Total Effect and the Eighth Grade,” published in The Georgia Bulletin in 1963, reprinted in Mystery and Manners)

Are you allowing God the Holy Spirit to form your tastes?

 

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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in learning

 

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Back to Basics (A Study of Titus 2): Part 2

We’re looking at the Apostle Paul’s Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.15.29 AMparagraph on the Christian life found in Titus 2.  There we read:

11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

Please notice that God’s grace is not just a SALVATION-OFFERING grace.  It is also a TEACHING grace.    We do not naturally know how to live as Christians, how to work out into daily experience the salvation we have been given.  We need to be taught; we need to see ourselves as students of God’s grace.

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 7.46.35 AM“But I HATED school!”, some might say.  Get over it.  Whether you had a lousy English teacher or a grouchy math teacher — your instructor in the Christian life is God the Holy Spirit (see John 14-16 for some details).

Who sets the curriculum for these grace-lessons?  God does, of course.  He is the One who knows what we need to know.   I am deeply impressed by Flannery O’Connor statement when she said, “The high-school English teacher will beScreen Shot 2015-07-27 at 7.36.56 AM fulfilling his responsibility if he furnishes the student a guided opportunity, through the best writing of the past, to come, in time, to an understanding of the best writing of the present. And if the student finds that this is not to his taste? Well, that is regrettable. Most regrettable. His taste should not be consulted; it is being formed.”

Are you allowing God the Holy Spirit to FORM your tastes to the things of God?  In our next post we will notice two areas in which our tastes desperately need to be formed! (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Titus 2

 

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