I have been in and out of wakefulness a lot today. The medicine has helped with the physical pain but is making it hard to think. The pain has surged and wained enough for me to doze for a few minutes before jolting awake. I’m writing this in that state. For a moment today I must confess that I started complaining to God about the pain I am experiencing. Part of me was wondering was it worth the pain I have now to get rid of that abnormal growth. My mind began worrying about paying the bills. My mind began wondering if it was going to improve my knee pain. I for a while was entertaining lies from the pit of Hell, be they inspired by the Devil or a momentary weakness of the flesh. Yet, God in his grace began to remind me of his promises. God promises that “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” In God’s grace, I love him. So that means even my pain is going to be worked together with God’s purposes for my good. Continue Reading →
“Let us imagine that God is like a lion, as the Old Testament says (e.g., Lam 3:10; Hos 5:14; Amos 3:8). Testimony is then like telling people you have met a lion. Preaching is like inviting people to come to meet a lion. Theology is like reflecting on your meeting with a lion. It will involve some distancing, though during the process of reflection the lion may suddenly pop its head round the door. This reflection will be open to conversation with scientists who have read books about lions and people who have watched nature programs on television, whether or not they have met a lion or are sure they exist. Indeed, there are many scientific ways to seek to understand a lion, and many angles from which to do so: there are the angles and the categories of the zoologist, the geographer and the economist. In a parallel way, there are many angles from which to seek to understand the metaphysical lion. There are the angles of the systematic theologian and the philosophical theologian, the New Testament scholar —and the Old Testament scholar. The nature of the beast is such that no one angle and no one set of categories will reveal everything. The conviction of this theologian is that there is insight to be gained by looking at the metaphysical lion from the angle of the Old Testament and focusing resolutely on that. Whether this is so must emerge a posteriori.”
Excerpt From: John Goldingay. “Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel (Vol. 1).” iBooks.
Hurt knees are a blessing. I wasn’t sure until reflecting on it today. One of the verses in the sermon was from 2 Corinthians 12:9.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
I wrote in my journal (cause all the cool kids use journals) that in the passage there is the secret to how Paul lived and prayed. The passage in 2 Corinthians 12 is about prayer, a problem, a prick, a pugnacious adversary, a plan for this believer’s pain, a plea for deliverance, a purpose, perfect advocate, and a peace that comes from knowing Jesus. Continue Reading →
The confession of a former political hack. According to Definitions.com
“A political hack is a negative term ascribed to a person who is part of the political party apparatus, but whose intentions are more aligned with victory than personal conviction.”
Political policy is genuinely interesting because it is how people legislate morality. All laws are ultimately moral legislation. It is hard to resist being a political hack because there is more to life than winning a political battle but we humans love winning even if it is pyrrhic victory. As a pastor to families and children I have a passion for seeing those two groups taken care of more than seeing my political team “win”. Continue Reading →
I look forward to the day when 9/11 is a memory of a world that was once at war. Key term “once was.” I can still picture watching the second tower collapse after rushing to my dorm to find out what happened after the first tower crashed. No one in my apartment knew as they were playing a video game on our shared TV. We flipped it on and watched the second tower be hit and eventually crash. We all knew that our nation was at war. We just did not know with whom.
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Regarding the Ray Rice situation. I have seen several Christians defend Ray Rice on the grounds that he has asked for forgiveness. The NFL isn’t the Church. It is a secular business. It has a right to protect its image by making its employees act with a certain amount of decorum on the field and off the field.
Are you in need of a miracle?
: an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God
Full Definition of MIRACLE
G.K. Chesterton, a great Christian author, once said “the most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.”
How do they happen though? How do I experience a miracle?
“Well done good and faithful servant.” – Jesus.
Not just done.
Done is just done.
Yet well done is getting it done with style and substance.
Grace becomes cheap for some because even though they were once Beloved (read Part 1) they have chosen if they realize it or not to treat God’s offer of love and grace as cheap. So does everyone that loves other people or things more than God.
Some would argue that if God wants us to change then why does God leave us with selfish desires without a way out?
Who says God does? Continue Reading →