A few questions on the Christian life . . . I requested one- to two-word answers only.
Jon, what ignites the Christian life? How does it all get started?
JE: New birth.
Having begun, what then is the essence of the Christian life? What's the heart and soul of Christian living? What is most definitive of it?
What is the fuel for the Christian life? How do we keep loving? What's the non-negotiable of all non-negotiables that will keep us going?
Where do I go to get this joy? How can I find it? What, concretely, sustains it, through all the ups and downs of life?
JE: The Bible.
But as I go to the Bible, what do I do with it as I read? How do I own it, make it mine, turn it into this joy-fueled love?
What then is the overall flavor of the Christian life? How would you describe the aroma, the feel, of following Christ?
If joy, Bible, prayer, and all the rest go in, all under the flavor of pilgrimage, what comes out? What is the result of Chistian life?
Broading out our scope, then, how do we make sense of the all this in a macro way? What is the context for the Christian life?
JE: Redemptive history.
What then, finally, does all this funnel into? What, above all else, is the hope of the Christian life?