Chaplain's Log -- September 5, 2013 -- Deep and Wide

Deep and Wide

I’m starting a weekly blog, and, Star Trek geek that I am, I’m naming it Chaplain’s Log because it sounds like “Captain’s Log.”  That’s the only reason I’m giving it this name, so that should tell you something about me.  The “pilot episode” of Chaplain’s Log is entitled “Deep and Wide.”  (Okay, “pilot episode” is the last Star Trek reference in this post.  I promise.)

When I was a little boy, I learned a song entitled “Deep and Wide” at Bible School.  There were hand motions that went along with the song, and I can’t resist making those motions even now when I hear the song.

Deep and wide, deep and wide,

There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.

Deep and wide, deep and wide,

There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.

Don’t think this song is simplistic.  The lyrics get much better.  The second verse goes like this:

Wide and deep, wide and deep,

There’s a fountain flowing wide and deep.

Wide and deep, wide and deep,

There’s a fountain flowing wide and deep.

 (Are you making the hand motions as you read this?)

I was recently in same room as a TV that was playing a relatively weak movie.  That’s not the same as my watching it, right?  It was entitled What If…, and it was one of those movies where the protagonist is shown what his life would be like if he had made some other choices.  Kevin Sorbo played the protagonist.  (You might remember him as Hercules or the Commander in Andromeda.)  In this movie, his character is shown what his life would have been like if he had said “yes” to God’s call to be a minister, rather than becoming a businessman.

As the angel was explaining to him what God wanted, Sorbo said something like, “That’s not complicated.”  The angel’s reply: “It’s simple.  It’s just hard.”

That’s what I think about “Deep and Wide.”  It’s simple; it’s just hard.

That’s what we’re trying to transition Spiritual Life into—a program/ministry that helps people become spiritually mature leaders by following the way of love that Jesus taught, practiced and lived, particularly by being radically accepting of everyone.  It’s pretty simple.  Deep and wide.  Wide and deep.  It’s just hard.

The depth comes from the spiritual practices necessary to produce spiritual maturity.  The width comes from opening our arms to everyone, no matter what.  Simple, right?  But hard.

The Spiritual Life website is now live and updated.  The front page gives a thumbnail description of what we envision campus ministries to become:

               The Way of Love

               Radical Acceptance

               Self-Discovery

               Spiritual Maturity

               Spiritual Leadership

I will make you a personal promise.  God’s love is wide, and no matter who you are, no matter what you believe or don’t believe, no matter what you’ve done, you are loved and accepted at Spiritual Life activities.

A further promise: God’s love is deep.  If you are willing to engage in the spiritual practices necessary to produce spiritual maturity, I will be with you each step of the way, and so will the students who are in the Spiritual Life Leadership Team.

Together we are a beacon of God’s love.

Deep and wide.  Wide and deep.  It’s simple; it’s just hard.  That’s why we need one another.

God bless.

 

David Miller

College Minister

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