BOOK OF EIGHTS

Pilgrim Journeys

by Craig A. Roberts.

Upcoming 2023

This book invites the reader to weave a journey, a poetic exploration of the Holy Trinity moving amid the ‘otherness of life’ around us. This is no neat traceable pattern, no reliance on predicted coordinates of knowledge. These are pilgrim journeys led by the Holy Spirit – an unfolding glimpse of the pathos and love of God on the move.  

In these times of the church development old institutions shrink, their chains to civic powers increasingly broken, and the cry of bewildered people in and outside the western church is heard by the pathos of God. We are called into the wilderness. There we meet our Triune God afresh.

The Holy Spirit reorientates us from wandering in wastelands to journeying with the Holy Trinity in the wilderness. Book of Eights is how I explore life as a Celtic Christian poet in a time of reformation of Christ’s church in our everyday worlds. It gives witness to the work of the Holy Trinity within and beyond us as proclaimed in the Holy Scriptures and the Nicene Creed.

The Church was never born to be a mere institution, another religious and social organisation of western society. It is beyond this. It is always to be remembered that Jesus Christ is head of the Church, a Church that began with Pentecost.

 

From its origins as Jewish Christianity the church has developed in a multiplicity of ways. Each way struggles for uniformity and stability of its institutional ways causing renewals, disruptions and schisms. The Church was never founded as an earthly religious institution. Organisations rise and fall but Christ the Living Word, and the Church – the sacred living household of God – remain. Saint Paul reminds us:

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:19-22 NKJV

 

In this season the household of God remains strong, yet many Christian organisations struggle to relate to the followers and seekers of this age. But we are to remain encouraged in our journey forwards. For it is the Holy Trinity that leads His growing household, a treasured relatedness between heaven and earth bound together by the gracious power of the Holy Spirit moving in us.

This book  invites the reader to weave a journey, a poetic exploration of the Holy Trinity and the living household of God. An unimagined journey moving amidst our communities, often in untidy ways, led by the call of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

Part I: How To Use This Book  

A Poet’s Loom

The Call

Scripture

Contemplative Provocation

Reflection

Prayer

The Challenge of Trasna

Waymarks

Explore Praxis

Creating Mosaics of Eight

Part II: Book Of Eights 

Intimacy 

Peregrinatio  

Rhythm 

Angle of Vision  

Voice  

Reach 

Essence  

The Weft  

Notes  

Bibliography