When I first heard that Os Guinness was going to be preaching at our church, I was a little dumbfounded. THE Os Guinness? Author and Christian thinker/ social observer? I have read books by him. He’s kind of famous, for goodness sake.
And then when we got an email from our friends ( who have been friends with Os for nearly 40 years, and were the ones who invited him to come speak ) to come to a brunch after church for him, I was even more gobsmacked. ( That’s British-speak for completely amazed )
But you know what? It was a lovely brunch with about 40 people, and when we met Dr. Guinness, he was a person. Just like you and me. A normal, humble, engaging person, who just happens to have written a bunch of books and be relatively famous.
And also a great-great-great grandson to the Guinness who started Guinness beer. :)
Os ( I can call him that now, now that I know him ;)) spoke last Sunday, and it was an excellent talk on being faithful in our generation. ( You can listen to it here if you like. ) The point that struck me the most was when he said our cultural situation in our country today is much like that of St. Augustine at the end of the Roman Empire, or Daniel, in the time of the Babylonian captivity; the point being, there have been great times of stress and pressure on the Church in the past as well, when perhaps things didn’t seem to be going the way we think they should. When it seemed like things were absolutely falling apart, or far different than they had been before. And yet , God was in control of things then. God is in control of things now. We can be confident in the overall outcome, because he has already conquered. The rest is just how it’s going to play out.
The big question for us is, how are we being faithful with God’s calling for us? We all have a role to play.
Our job is to serve him faithfully, wherever he has us, whatever he has us doing– loving him, loving others, living in light of the mercy he has lavished upon us.