They posted this at the Rabbit Rom the other day. But here it is here. -Sam This is very instructive stuff from King Of The Hill on many fronts. Watch it, if you are cool. I know this can be argued many ways. King Of The Hill is not, sadly, the final word on this subject. But it seems worthy of sharing. When relevance is king, the kingdom soon ceases to exist. And non-existence is not … [Read more...] about Reality Is Relevant
"If I get 1,000 compliments and one insult, guess which one I listen to? The insult, of course. I have an unbelievable ability to ignore a swarm of positive words and camp out on the one negative." Jon Acuff Et tu, Acuff? This is from a short post excellently titled, "Quit Giving The Haters PhDs." He refers to the tendency in our minds to promote those who snipe and sideline those who encourage. … [Read more...] about Don’t Hate…Meditate
"I am trying to recover a respect for the life of the Spirit that is revealed in Jesus and the Scriptures in contrast to a life that is defined by consumption and achievement, competition and psychological profiling. I am trying to develop an imagination that is immersed in the operations of the Trinity so that I will not be constantly seduced into thinking that spirituality is a way of managing … [Read more...] about Let It Be So
Lately I've been feeling and seeing the need to reevaluate what merits arguing about. What is worth fighting for? Lately, there have been a couple of extra-heated internet debates which I've tried to stay out of. Some of it is actually encouraging, but some is just unbelievably sad. But it's made me think about both what is worth arguing about and whether or not most of our arguments are very … [Read more...] about Good At Arguing, Bad At Living?
Regarding the quotation below, Zach Nielsen says, "Tozer was great, but don't be like him in this way." I strongly agree. Many Christian men (esp. leaders) are busy with many things and are easily tempted towards a lifestyle of neglecting our families and leaving to our wives great piles of lonely, largely-thankless work. Men, this should not be. This is the first province of our stewardship. We … [Read more...] about I Want To Fail At Almost Everything Else Before I Fail At This
"Brother, if any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be. If he charges you falsely on some point, yet be satisfied, for if he knew you better he might change the accusation, and you would be no gainer by the correction. If you have your moral portrait painted, and it is ugly, be satisfied; for it only needs a few blacker touches, and it would be … [Read more...] about If Someone Thinks Ill Of You, They’re Right
This idea has been circling in on me more and more. The reason good teaching (right doctrine) is important is because it can connect us to the right story. The story of Jesus and his self-sacrificial, substitutional death --which atones for sin-- is the central story of human history. By hearing that good news and then trusting in Jesus' work on our behalf, we are rescued from our real guilt … [Read more...] about The Stories We Believe Make Sense Of Our Lives
Thankful? Or envious and angry (and nostalgic)? Now, I understand that there are more ways to measure the health of a culture than by lifespan and wealth, but still, this is quite telling. It's a wonderful time to be alive in so many, many ways! "Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not quick in your spirit to become … [Read more...] about The Good Old Days Were…ah…Lousy