I wrote a paper in grad school that referenced this truth.
As a PDYM state mentor I learned of Doug Fields’ resignation from Saddleback Church last week. It’s not juicy gossip material but a testimony of great leadership and sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Below you can read the full story directly from Doug, with opening and closing comments from Rick Warren, but one thing that Warren said at the end is this:
“I’ve learned this important truth: God calls people through Saddleback, not to Saddleback. What that means is that God calls just the right person, at just the right time, to both serve our church and to learn from our church. Then he sends them out to other places as missionaries. We now have former Saddleback staff serving as missionaries in other churches and ministries all around the world. I call them our purpose driven agents!”
I love that!
Read the full resignation story here.
The Great Chain of Being was a synthesis that held together for us one coherent world. It was a “cosmic egg” of meaning, a vision of a Creator and a multitude of creatures that excluded nothing (See Colossians 1:15-20) from holiness and goodness.
As the medieval Christians predicted, once the chain was broken, and one link not honored, the whole vision collapsed. Either we acknowledge that God is in all things or we have lost the basis for seeing God in anything. When we could not honor God in the earth, waters, plants, and animals, we soon could not see or honor the divine image in ourselves or in other humans.
Richard Rohr, Adapted from Hope Against Darkness (p. 136)