Sacred Romance

Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son

I can not say when I first encountered and engaged Curtis and Eldredge’s The Sacred Romance (SR).  I first used it as the basis for a sermon series at Chapelwood UMC (in Lake Jackson, TX) over the Summer of 2002.  (Since then, I’ve preached it as a series at Pollard UMC [in Tyler, Texas…. Lent, 2005] and as part of a set of introductory series at Strawbridge UMC [in Jan/Feb, 2009].  In regards to the latter, it seemed, as did the Emotionally Healthy Church series, like a good way to introduce myself to a new congregation — dear to my heart as the book and its message were to me.)

I do know that SR’s impact on me was and is profound — doing more than any other read, person, or event to move the Gospel Love Story from head to heart.  I consider it to be the most important book in my library — next to the Bible!  (It’s value and impact only grew as I engaged its attending workbook as well as SR Conference tapes.)

This is not to say that I took or take it “hook, line, and sinker.”  For example, SR’s dependence on Milton’s Paradise Lost as the basis for it’s structuring of the Biblical narrative (and filling in the gaps of Scripture) waters down some of its Biblical integrity.

Still, there was and is so much more that overshadows minor distractions and frustrations:

  1. There is, as already mentioned, a definition of the Biblical “metanarrative” which Christian believers see framing their lives and reality.  (While others have expanded and refined the notion of metanarrative and the Biblical metanarrative, SR was my first real glimpse — in mind, yes, but also heart — into the Biblical worldview.
  2. As crucial, for me, there was SR’s employment of music and art (especially Hollywood) in it’s telling or recounting “our story.”  How many times have I quoted Eldredge on our need to hold the creeds in one hand and the arts in the other to best understand and convey our Faith and our story?!  SR was intrumental in my seeing Hollywood and culture not as diametrically opposed to Christ but, indeed, as lenses by which we can see Christ — channels the Christ can use to advantage!
When it comes to the “authentic dance” I seek — with God, self, neighbor, I consider SR crucial.  It sets my heart to dancing.  It embraces, as suggested above, the paradox, the dance between Faith and culture.  It points to the healing and the Healer we all need to become authentic.  In grand fashion, it frames our story, our lives as a Sacred Dance between lovers on an eternal and cosmic dance floor.

Welcome to the dance, dear Soul!  Welcome to the Sacred Romance…
 

Title
(and Text)

“Assignment”
(from SR)

Audio

Handout

“Romancing the Stone: Heart Matters”
(John 7:37: Isaiah 55:1,2)

chapters
1 & 2

mp3

pdf

“The Sacred Romance”
(Isaiah 43:1-7)

chapters
4,6 & 7

mp3

pdf

“People of the Lie: Arrows & Adversaries”
(Luke 4:1-13)

chapters
3 & 8

mp3

pdf

“A Maverick of a God”
(Romans 11:33-36)

chapter 5

mp3

pdf

“Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: ‘Less Wild Lovers’”
(Luke 15:11ff.)

chapter 9

mp3

pdf

“The Road Less Traveled”
(Genesis 11:31-32)

chapters
10 & 11

mp3

pdf

“Living on Heaven’s Shores: I Can Only Imagine!”
(Revelations 21:1-7)

chapter 12

mp3
(from Pollard umc) 

pdf

“Resident Aliens”
(Deut. 4:1,5-9)
 

manuscript
(from Chapelwood
UMC)
 

One Response to Sacred Romance

  1. Clark Racca says:

    excellent series

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