I’ll be honest. I love the fibonacci sequence for a ‘number’ of reasons. The structure and sequence inherent in this mysterious number pattern creates immense beauty, as seen throughout nature. I’m increasingly convinced that beauty is God’s love song, intended to woo us to Himself, if we’ll but listen and respond. My commitment to things that are beautiful: truth, hospitality, generosity, humility, and intimacy, are growing quickly as the world settles into increasing fear and isolation. So I’m keeping the fibonacci concept alive by renaming my blog in hopes that it will remind, each time I write, that beauty matters, as evidenced by the reality that God has built beauty into all nature, including math!
But there’s more, this sequence spirals outward, in a clear and expansive pattern. Ephesians 1:11-12 reads this way: “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got out hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” A different translation says the same thing, when it says that history is headed towards, “the summing up of all things in Christ.”
All things! Salvation and transformation might begin in the deepest recesses of hearts, as we pray to receive Christ at a camp meeting, or in a motel room reading a Bible, or whatever. But the great news, the incredible news, really, is that this transforming work, which began there, works its way out, into my emotions, mind, will, body, vocation, finances, and more. As it does so, I begin to affect others around me; family, neighbors, friends, enemies, with this same infectuous transforming love. Love begats love in a sort of “pay it forward” way, so that shards of light and glory become scattered across the landscape of our world.
This means Christ is intended to affect everything, including politics, art, sexuality, public policy, consumerist habits, environmentalism, racism, and…well, everything else too.
So, this blog, at least for now, is about considering the vast and various implications of Christ’s transforming power. What does “Jesus is Lord” mean for us in the various areas of our lives we’re called to steward? That’s the conversation.
Who am I, the Raincitypastor?
I love good coffee, early mornings and late nights, God, good conversation, climbing, music, movies, sport, art, food and wine, laughter, stories, sleeping outside, log cabins, beauty, scooters, Bikes, simplicity, generosity, creativity, hope.
Pastor of Bethany Community Church
Author of The Colors of Hope (free chapter here) and o2: Breathing New Life into Faith
Teacher with Torchbearers Missionary Fellowship
Welcome. I hope you’ll join me often.