Posted by: rogermitchell | June 25, 2010

Whatever house you enter…

When Jesus sent out the seventy disciples in Luke’s narrative (Luke 10:1-16) he gave them an intriguing instruction  “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on them; but if not, it will return to you” (Lk10:5-6). It is this deliberate disclosure of boundaries that reveals several crucial practical implications of the interesting discussion of boundaries on this blog over the last week or so. As I take it, the boundary that distinguishes people of peace is the category one type boundary that Stephen describes below. The purpose of exposing it is in order to encourage people to cross it. This adds to it some aspects of the category two type boundary as we are wanting to clarify it for loving purposes but where the new awareness of the boundary may engender mental, spiritual or relational challenges to the person who our peace has rested on. The big danger here is that category three type boundaries relating to identity and difference will interfere with this process, either in the perceptions of the person in the house or in the disciple entering it. So what are the ways to avoid this destructive aspect of following Jesus as the repositioned people of God in the world? To begin with the disciple first, I guess it means that we have to be people of peace. This brings us of course to the identity and difference issues that belong to what for the purpose of this discussion we can call post-tree, post-fall, sinful attitudes where we categorise people in terms of gender, sexuality, race, culture, religion, age and so on. People of peace are people who deliberately, actively struggle to demolish these walls. This is what Jesus came to do and what the Holy Spirit is about. This is immediately political.

OK I have to get on with writing up my blessed thesis! I will attempt to continue this post as the day continues. But in the meantime, please interrupt with your comments. Hey and you many friends who click without comment, let’s be hearing from you. And if you have your own blogs that you would like us to visit please let’s have details!



  1. Hi Roger – Greetings from Gibraltar. OK enough stalking your blog without leaving a comment. Love the way you process and track stuff theologically -even if it makes my head spin and sends me off on a thousand different directions! Blessing to you and yours.

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