Arblaster On Celtic Christianity:
See Also: Arblaster On Celtic Monasticism
By Paul D. J. Arblaster (Brother Paul)
Excerpted from the book: Celtic Christianity Yesterday, Today, and for the Future: Gleaning Wisdom From the Primitive Protestants, by Paul D. J. Arblaster. © 2002 Paul D. J. Arblaster. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission.
More Dangerous than Viking Raiders--Our Modern Culture
I am not putting forth Celtic Christianity as some panacea of perfection; it is a process and a tool for overcoming that which may be more dangerous than Viking raiders--our modern culture. It must be admitted that not all aspects of Celtic Christianity could, or even should, be followed today, but it does offer much we may appropriate as an arsenal to combat the cultural seduction of our time and affections. The Celtic Church was strongest in the three areas I think most of us would admit are the most needful, and in which we are the most neglectful: prayer, Bible study, and evangelism. Heaven knows we need to be more than conquerors through Christ in these.
Prayer, Bible Study, and Evangelism
When Celtic missionary saints stepped into boats to allow the winds and currents to guide them wherever God willed, they basically put everything on the line and turned their back on comfortable predictability. In a sense they became dead to this world. Christ told us to be willing to risk no less, for ultimately he promised us no loss compared to what we would gain. We today can take as bold a step without ever leaving our locality; call it the prayer of death ("for me to live is Christ, to die is gain"). An old adage is, "Be careful what you pray for; God might just grant it!" We all have things we enjoy spending a lot of time and energy on that could more profitably be spent in eternal things. It takes a lot of courage to ask God completely to re-orient us, away from our cultural fixations, and into His value system instead. If you are willing to have God start this process, it can begin with a very simple, yet dangerous prayer, "Lord let me lose interest in all temporal diversions." If you begin in truth with this step of faith, your life can become every bit as adventurous as the Celtic saints experiencing God working through them.
Conversation with the Father
In our regular prayers we are often guilty of rushing through into specific requests of God with what is a cursory, but perhaps not very deeply felt, introductory acknowledgement of thanks to Him for His greatness. Tozer's classic, The Knowledge of the Holy, along with Keller's A Shepherd Looks At the Lord's Prayer/Psalm 23 should be read and read again, because one has a tendency to forget the magnitude and anticipation of joy attendant with entering into conversation with the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit. While He is so high above us, He is also all around us and in us. Dwelling on this great mystery alone is enough to evoke feelings of awe. ____________________________________________________________
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Note: since authoring Celtic Christianity Yesterday, Today, and for the Future, Paul D. J. Arblaster has also become Brother Paul, a Lay Monk of the Knights of Prayer ™ Monastic Order. ____________________________________________________________
Text: © 2002 Paul D. J. Arblaster. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission.
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Paul D. J. Arblaster was born in Bloxwich, England, in 1951. A graduate of the London Film School, he also holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon.
Besides being involved in the international antiques trade and teaching for many years, he has produced numerous documentaries throughout his career.
In the early 1980's, he founded an international Christian motorcycle group and directed Steve McQueen: Full Throttle to Glory, which was voted among the top ten documentaries on Public Access Television.
Apart from classic motorcycles, antique hunting and Celtic Christianity, his interests include maritime lore, history and walking ancient pathways with his American wife, Carol. They have three children. ________________
Celtic Christianity Yesterday, Today and for the Future can be obtained through:
Being truly "robed" is simply the "habit" of being:
R -Renewed in mind,
O -Open in heart,
B -Based in scripture,
E -Evangelistic in practice,
D -Dedicated in prayer to Christ alone.
-Brother Paul _______________