“…the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.” – A.W. Tozer
In case you missed it, today is Valentine’s Eve.
In this highly scientific study done by Ranker.com, Valentine’s Day was ranked as the #3 Most Hated Holiday – just barely beat out for the #2 spot by Columbus Day, and totally squashed by Black Friday at #1. Since V-Day is such a highly detested holiday for some folks, I’ll heartily refrain from romanticizing it.
Instead, let’s talk about something totally different. Let’s talk about love.
That’s right. Luuuuvvvv.
“But what every man has not a right to do, is to make others believe that faith is something lowly, or that it is an easy thing, whereas it is the greatest and the hardest.” – Soren Kierkegaard, “Fear and Trembling”
I know what you’re thinking.
“Jack Nicholson wasn’t in Pet Sematary, he was in that other Stephen King movie…the one where he played the guy that goes psycho in the empty resort hotel and tries to kill his wife and kid…and that picture of Nicholson is from neither of those movies!”
Okay, cinemaster, good job. Here’s your 10 points, give yourself a hand. Now that we’ve got our films straight, we’ll come back to Jack in a minute. Let’s get down to business. Read More
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?