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Operative theory...

There is an economic theory operative in corporate boardrooms, I'm convinced, that propounds the populace might spend our way out of this Covid pandemic, or, at the very least, that business should exploit it as a unique opportunity to maximize profits. Every day, I receive multiple emails urging me to buy before I die. Invariably, these exhortations include images of all the stuff marketing experts, assisted by their AI, have calculated that I am just dying (no pun intended) to max out my plastic in order to possess. I resist all such entreaties as best I can, on the off-chance I might survive long enough to have to pay it all back with exorbitant interest.   Henry's books . If you would like to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .

Inspired or imagined?

Someone asked me the other day if I believe every word in the Bible is divinely inspired. I can't say I believe in divine inspiration. I tend to hold with Eric Hoffer's view that we are more likely to be inspired by earthly circumstance, by our daily grappling with intolerable conditions. None of the comfortable people I meet in church or out strike me as being particularly inspired individuals.

I do believe in divine imagination. Things that we never dreamed possible suddenly become alive in our heart and mind and we are driven to make them real in our life for no reason or purpose we have conceived, but because, in our inmost being, we have been changed. Divine imagination is not our belief in God, but God's believing in us, willing in us, moving through us, shaping our becoming to what Spirit imagines us to be.

Divine imagination usually entails some disruption and anxiety on our part. It likely means we must scrap our personal seven-year plan. Divine imagination doesn't leave room in us for our great ideas and calculated priorities. God imagines us as sacred spaces for God's working.

Spirit paints on a clear canvas. God's imagining begins with our kenosis (emptying).

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