Tonight was full of ‘aha’ moments. Two in particular: firstly Volf’s treatment of the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Genesis 2 and 3. His idea that the withholding of the fruit is actually a sacrament of giving, because it reminds us that all things are from God was felt to be like switching a light on a difficult text.
And when he discussed the sins behind the reluctance to give, selfishness and pride came as no surprise. Indeed they came up in our discussion before I introduced his teaching. But sloth – that one hit us. And it made perfect sense. We wondered why we hadn’t seen it before. It was terrific also to connect the work of the Spirit in several ways with the conquest of sloth.