Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit, An Geadh-Glas, or the Wild Goose. That image was used by the Irish/British/Dutch band Iona in the song The Flight of the Wild Goose on their self-titled debut album. Wild Goose Publications is also the name of the publishing house of the Iona Community. Their story is penned in a book titled Chasing the Wild Goose. The America author Mark Batterson uses the image of the Wild Goose / Holy Spirit to teach us lessons on chasing God’s will and start the spiritual adventure. The Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. In Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God. Visits to the Galápagos Islands, the history of Washington, DC‘s National Community Church, where Batterson is lead pastor, Columbus’ discovery of America serve as illustrations, more than Celtic Christians in the 6-8th century.
The author argues that many Christians are caged, whether by responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure or fear. Christians are over-educated, but lack adventure. They pray for the will of God, instead of following Him, regardless the places en route or the final destination. Do angels yawn? What did Abraham do in his 99 childless years? A comparison between Saul and Jonathan, the life of Peter and Paul. The Bible isn’t a dull book for lousy people. Since when did it become safe to follow Christ? Maybe it’s time to come out of the cage and live dangerously for the cause of Christ.
About the Author
Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of Washington, DC’s National Community Church, widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative churches. NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the city, as well as in a church-owned coffee house near Union Station. More than seventy percent of NCC’ers are single twentysomethings who live or work on Capitol Hill. Mark is the author of the best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and a widely read blogger. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.