Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Why Should We Love God? Fear of Hell? Love of Good? Something Else?

"What must I love thee for, then?" Why ought we to love God? Desire for heaven? Fear of hell? The last line of the poem below gives us the answer.

Gerard Manley Hopkins' translation of the poem attributed to Francis Loyola:

"I love thee, God, I love thee—
Not out of hope for heaven for me
Nor fearing not to love and be
In the everlasting burning.
Thou, my Jesus, after me
Didst reach thine arms out dying,
For my sake sufferedst nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat and care and cumber,
Yea and death, and this for me,
And thou couldst see me sinning:
Then I, why should not I love thee,
Jesu so much in love with me?
Not for heaven’s sake, not to be
Out of hell by loving thee;
Not for any gains I see;
But just the way that thou didst me
I do love and will love thee.
What must I love thee, Lord, for then?
For being my king and God. Amen."

That's why we love Him. Because he's been our king. And as a good king he reached out to us, loved us, died for us. This is our Jesus, we love him as our Lord.

7 Strong Sports Mustaches That Aren't Rollie Fingers Or The Eck

Alexi Lalas, Rutgers man. Rutgers is not Ivy League.
Jason Eaton, Palmy man and Taranaki stalwart.
Paul Clauss, Munich and Oxford man always up for a tipple.
Pablo Mastroeni, a true Wolfpack old boy.
Antonio Borges, a loyal Chaves man.
Ian Botham, England mainstay.
Andy Ellis, Canterbury man-about-town.

Why Am I Reformed (& Not Lutheran)?

It comes down to two things. One is that I don't like poop jokes.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Undisclosed Ingredients In "100%" Grape Juice Has Churches In Uproar

Many churches have been scandalized by the discovery that drinks that several companies labeled as 100% grape juice were full of undisclosed impurities that made them unsuitable to serve as communion in the eyes of some of the more rigorous brethren.

Others said, "What the heck, it would count if we served red Kool-Aid. We heard of one church that served water when they ran out of juice."

Let the truth come to light through the following brief video:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Like A God

A new poem of mine, written several months ago from a restaurant view.

How Like A God

Looking down on a new city
from a third-story restaurant
is not like being a god
in the sense that I am on top of the world,

it is like being a god
in the sense that I am
better than you,
that I am judging you in this moment,
o motorcycle pizza delivery guy,
seen from above
through a canopy of flowers,
playing with a colleague’s son.

Not judging in the sense
of heaven and hell,
but in the sense of the senses.
I am deciding that your moment
on the sidewalk immediately below me
is beautiful
and that I am worthy to say it is so.

Also this is like being a god
in the sense that I am outside you,
completely other.

And although I am sure I understand you
you do not even see me
and could never hope to understand
from down there without revelation,
that is,

if I were not completely condescending
in the theological sense.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

5 Reasons Christians Shouldn't Have Kids

Sometimes Christians feel pressure to have children from their own churches and communities. This is a crying shame. With a view to remedy some poor attitudes and to offer assurances to those who are called to not have children, I have produced this short video.

I hope and believe that you will find these five points of living child-free helpful and practical.

You will find a brief discussion of 1 Corinthians 7 below the vid. The Lord bless you and keep you.

1 Corinthians 7 is often used as a "proof-text" that celibacy is spiritually superior to marriage, because Paul urges Christians not to marry. He allows that some of the saints might be unable not to marry, so that if the choice is between burning with lust or marrying, they should go ahead and marry.

In evangelical circles this is used to make marriage, family, and children a matter purely of preference and personal choice, with the caveat that only super-awesome grace-filled Christians can handle being Christians. Last week, for example, my wife met a woman who told her she never married because she needed all her time to do the Lord's work. This attitude despises what the Bible teaches us we are called to in our Christian walk.

The context of Paul's teaching in 1 Corinthians 7 is this: The world is being turned upside down, a new age is coming. Persecution is coming. Paul promises there will be much suffering. And there is. Read 2 Corinthians 4 to realize how much the Corinthians suffered between receiving the two letters from Paul.

Here are some key phrases from 1 Corinthians 7, followed by the text of verses 25, 26, 29-32.

"in view of the present distress"

"those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you"

"the appointed time has grown very short"

"the present form of the world is passing away"

In context: "Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. I want you to be free from anxieties."