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“Come, let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of God…”

See you at Bartle Hall

The onething conference begins today… plan on this blog being relatively silent for the next few days. Although, of course, saying that, who knows but that I’ll suddenly be prolifically inspired? We shall see.

At any rate, if you are in Kansas City, swing by the Welcome Center and say hi. If you are not in Kansas City, webstream the conference. It’s free.

 

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Sin, pleasure, and really ugly shoes

I saw an ad on the Internet the other day that was promoting some website that sells shoes. There it was in the sidebar, in all its tacky marketing glory. A pair of platform heels was featured in the picture, with this caption beneath: “Sinfully Unique.”

I had to do a double-take to be sure I read it correctly.

Um. When did uniqueness become a sin? I’m pretty sure “Thou shalt be bland and indistinguishable from thy neighbor” is nowhere in the Ten Commandments. Leaving aside the fact that the shoes were hideous, which might persuade me to say that there was something fundamentally wrong with them, “sinfully unique” is a laughably confusing description.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Intimacy with God, Knowledge of God

 

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Musings about Creation

Creation is more than a cute story in the first two chapters of Genesis. I am still formulating thoughts on this, but I figured I’d put them out there — half-baked though they may be — and I’d love to hear you folks chime in. (P.S., No, this is not the “mystery study subject”… I’m getting ready to introduce that soon, but not quite yet.)

Over the 40-day fast, I spent a lot of time reading through Isaiah 40-66. I didn’t do much “studying” in the sense of getting out commentaries and such, just a ton of reading and a fair bit of journaling. As I was reading through, I noticed how much God refers to His acts of creation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2008 in Bible, Knowledge of God, Theology

 

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It’s not the thing itself that’s small…

“…It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)

This is one of those verses that I’ve done way too much skimming through. I’ve read it before; in fact, I’ve read it many times. I’ve heard it preached. I could probably almost quote it. And yet, it was only a few days ago that it really struck me.

Israel is a pretty small slice of the globe. If you look at an atlas, it can be easy to see why, “Well, of course it’s too small a thing for Him to be a light to them alone. There’s so much more planet to think about.” But have you considered what it takes to “restore the preserved ones of Israel”?

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“I AM” is followed by a period, not a fill-in-the-blank.

I was driving my car the other day, listening to the local Christian radio station. I have discovered that out of all the songs I have heard which center around God’s pivotal self-revelation, “I AM” (Exodus 3:14), 80-90% of those songs absolutely drive me up the wall. That’s because those 80-90% of songs convey something along the following lines:

“When you need a soft place to land, I am your big fluffy pillow / When you need a morale boost, I am your cheerleader / When you’re feeling weary, I am your double shot / When you get lost, I am your GPS…”

Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating a bit. But here’s the point: These songs all say, from the Lord’s voice (and not often in Biblical language), “I am whatever you want/need Me to be”. It’s supposed to be very encouraging to know that, good ol’ God, He’s such a great buddy. What a pal. What a nice quick fix. Whatever I need, He will become to me.

I believe it was A.W. Tozer who described this sentiment as trying make God in our own image. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2008 in Knowledge of God

 

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Prayer: An End in Itself

If you keep up with the comments, you probably saw this topic surface in the discussion of a previous post. But what really prompted me to write this entry was a search term that brought someone to Meditations by Night — a search term which just about knocked me off my chair when I read it. Someone Googled this.

“prayer is a means to an end, not an end”

No, no, no, no… O dear Googler. Bless you, but you know not of what you speak.

If prayer is only a means to an end, I will have to borrow a quote from Paul, “we are of all men most to be pitied.” Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Musings in the Storm

Yesterday, the weather widget on my desktop displayed today’s forecast as a thunderstorm with a question mark after it.

Today, the weather is displaying itself as a thunderstorm with an exclamation mark after it. And it’s pretty specatcular.

Thunderstorms have historically made me into a pretty jumpy person. I grew up on the fringes of Tornado Alley, and every year there was special show on the news channels about what to do in a tornado, what are the warning signs you’re about to be hit by one, and exactly what kind damage it would be capable of wreaking upon your hapless abode. I seem to remember two-by-fours being a standard instrument of death in those specials. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Meeting 15

Well, there were only two of us today, but we had a good time. We’re discussing chapter 10, which is about Jesus’ death. Most of what we discussed today was about Jesus’ humility, and the purpose of His suffering.

Jesus’ humility is absoutely stunning. I don’t care how much thought you’ve given it in the past; there’s always more room to go back and marvel again. He is eternal God. He needed nothing; He was completely happy and self-sufficient within the Trinity. Yet He wanted to express His love to humanity, so He created us. He emotionally invested Himself in us. He gave us free will, knowing we would do hurtful things to Him with it, and He did it anyway. He didn’t shut His heart to us. That’s humble.

Not only did He create us out of love and humility, He then became one of us. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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For Future Reference: “May Have” Does not Equal “Most Realistic”

Seen on Fox News; Paul Verhoeven, the director of “Basic Instinct” and “The Terminator”, is publishing a biography about Jesus which he claims is the most realistic one ever released. In fact, he titles it Jesus of Nazareth: A Realistic Portrait. 

One major premise of the book is that the “Virgin Mary may have been a rape victim” under the oppression of Roman rule, and that’s how Jesus was born. Note the “may have.” Perhaps. Maybe. Hypothetically speaking. In unproven theory.

Tell me how this is the most realistic portrayal of Jesus ever published? “May have”? Someone took a guess?

I suppose I can understand why an unbelieving person would find it necessary to edit out Jesus’ supernatural birth. After all, accepting Him to be virgin-born also requires accepting Him as God, which is unthinkable to many people. I suppose I can understand why Verhoeven’s assertion would be considered “more realistic” if you view life through a paradigm which does not allow for miracles of any kind. People have been attacking Jesus’ birth narrative for centuries; this idea is really not that surprising. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Meeting 14

So if you’re keeping track with the meeting numbers, obviously I’ve skipped a few weeks. But by the grace of God, we’re back on track now…

The last couple of times we met, we discussed chapter 9, which covers Jesus’ offices. The offices of Christ might also be called something like “job descriptions” or “functions”; they show the unique ways in which Jesus is qualified and equipped to do what He does. These have been set into three basic categories: Prophet, Priest, and King.

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