The next chapter in The Jesus Way talks about two other Ways that Jesus could have chosen: the way of Caiaphas, and the way of the Essenes. Caiaphas was a Sadducee, and we found it interesting to learn the difference between the Sadducees and the Pharisees (besides the belief/non-belief in the resurrection). The Saduccees connected with power, influence, riches; while the Pharisees were of the common people, and more concerned about “being the best Jews they could be in a world flooded with anti-Jewish values and strategies.”
Now, while Jesus didn’t go for fame & riches, neither did He take the way of the Essenes and reject the temple & synagogue altogether. The Essenes represent those in our day who are obsessed with “spirituality”, and isolate themselves from the rest of the world. “A spirituality that has no institutional structure or support very soon becomes self-indulgent and subjective and one-generational.” Peterson takes issue with those who overdo the idea of the church not being a building, etc. Interesting thought! “The most intimate, personal, and intensely alive of all human activities is the life of the spirit, our worship and prayer and meditation, believing and obeying. But without the protection of ritual and doctrine and authority, Christian spirituality is vulnerable to reduction and desecration.”
Meanwhile… The Mom thought she’d be working on wedding pictures for weeks yet, but–she only has two more special pictures that she wants to do. That’s after doing 7 (yep–seven!), and not including the ones she had to fix up, to make everyone looking & present (the one of both families with the Bridal Couple was a combination of about 5 different pictures!) But when the special pictures are done, it’ll be the fun job of sorting them out for herself!
Walk to Rivendell: We’ve lost our way and become separated!