楊定一在他的書 “無事生非：不同，甚至顛倒的生命與靈性觀” 裡寫道：
楊定一所指出的“在”就是英文的being。 也有人將being翻譯為“所是”。原來修行的目的不是就是我們所“修”的“行”，而是透過修行來讓我們體驗和活在每一個當下裡。 原來尋尋覓覓，兜兜轉轉，我們才發現生命的寶藏和豐盛就在現在，就在這裡，就在我們裡面。不再活在“虛幻”裡，而是真實的現在當下，那就是我們修行的目標和目的。其實，我們並不需要去哪裡，就在“現在”。
In his book, “The Bible Tells Me So…Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It”, Peter Enns wrote:
“Speaking for Christians, capturing land and holding on to it by violence is not a gospel way of living. Christians today, therefore, have an obligation not to ‘follow the Bible’ here, not allow the ancient tribal description of God in the Old Testament to be the last word. These ancient writers had an adequate understanding of God for them in their time, but not for all time – and if we take that to heart, we will actually be in a better position to respect these ancient voices and see what they have to say rather than whitewashing the details and making up ‘explanation’ to ease our stress. And for Christians, the gospel has always been the lens through which Israel’s stories are read – which means, for Christians, Jesus, not the Bible, has the final word. The story of God’s people has moved on, and so must we”.
Yes, I do feel the stress as I have had many conversations with people about the violence, the genocide, and many other topics we feel unacceptable. In this book, Peter has offered many insights to help us to approach the Bible in a different perspective.
In her book, “How To Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season”, Susan Beaumont points out that:
“Unfortunately, communities of faith often behave as if past experiences are naturally repetitive. ‘Out attendance was much higher when we advertised in the yellow pages. We should advertise in the yellow pages again.’ In liminal seasons we need to learn new responses to changing conditions. Instead of repeating the past, we must iterate. Repetition is the recurrence of the same action or even in response to a stimulus. Repetition is static. If I do X, it will result in Y. Unfortunately, repetition doesn’t yield much learning…Iteration also involves doing something again and again. However, in iteration each new act is influenced by the previous experience and slightly adapted to learn something more. We focus on incorporating the learning from the experiment and integrating what is novel into what is known”.
In the past, my intention of visiting churches, attending seminars, and reading books is to see how much I can “repeat”. I also see churches trying very hard (I should say in their best) to “repeat” their work so that their “old glories” are able to be “repeated”. It often foreshadowed the decline of the churches.
After our intention of visiting, attending and reading is changed to “iteration”, we will learn and grow.