Following last week’s “Get Real and Die Trying”, I’ve decided that the theme for this month’s posts will be “Uncomfortable.” My aim is to approach some of the tough realities of Christian faith, ones that might get glossed over in favor of a “feel-good Gospel.” The truth isn’t necessarily marketable, especially in its entirety. But the fact that it cannot be sold is precisely what makes it so valuable.
To set the tone for this month’s theme, I’ve put together a modern adaptation of Jonathan Edwards’ sermon “Sinners In The Hands of an Angry God.” I highly recommend reading the original text of his sermon, as I have condensed it by a great deal.
It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them. Deuteronomy 32:35
The Israelites – God’s chosen people – were a mess.
God’s grace kept them alive. Literally. He fed them. Without Him they would have starved to death in the wilderness. God was visible and active in providing for them, but they still didn’t get it. “Their foot shall slide in due time,” paints them as perched on the edge of a cliff. A fall isn’t just a possibility: it’s imminent. It’s coming, and the Israelites are powerless to avoid it. They can’t avoid it because the slip is unexpected. They think they are fine, and they won’t appreciate the danger until it is too late. Worse yet, when they fall, it won’t be that anyone shoved them over the edge. Their destruction will be their own doing. Nothing protects them except that their “due time” hasn’t come, a time decided by God Himself. But that “due time” is coming. Read More
“If you continue in My word, you are My disciples indeed. Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – Jesus Christ, John 8:31-32
Oh good, you’re here.
Come on in…have a seat. We’ve got some things we need to talk about. Not to be impolite, but I’m skipping the chit-chat today. Small talk has never been my strong point, and with such a pressing matter at hand it would be quite useless for me to attempt it at the moment. No, we may as well get right down to business.
Comfy? Enjoy it while it lasts.
So here’s the question – the opener, if you will: How do you feel about yourself?
“It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important” – Soren Kierkegaard
Dear readers: Pebbles In The Pond is officially one month old. As you may recall from my first post, I started this blog as a quite-the-cliche New Years’ resolution. I don’t like to toot my own horn (or, rather, I don’t like to say “I like to toot my own horn”), but I’m proud to say I’ve kept my resolution religiously. In quite the un-cliche fashion, I might add. Statistically, I should’ve quit by now. Just saying.
“We hurt ourselves when our words don’t align with our actions.” – Adm. Mike Mullen
This is Part II of a series. See Part I here.
It’s amazing how much of effective communication can be boiled down to common sense. As I continue through Helio Fred Garcia’s Power of Communication, it’s almost frustrating how remarkably simple his concepts are. Yet they are so easily missed, so easily forgotten when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of implementation. Since we communicate so often and with so little effort, we have a tendency to think we’re naturally able to communicate effectively – that what we say will convey exactly what we want and accomplish our desired goal. As often as this doesn’t work out in casual communication, what makes us think it will go any better when we speak from a position of leadership? Read More