Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Good Friday Meditation

"… In the day you eat from it... you will be like God…” Genesis 3:5
“… Who told you that you were naked?” Genesis 3:11

"... He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." Genesis 3:15
"... The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6
"... I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. Psalm 22:14
“… Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?"* Matt: 27:46
"... Jesus said, "It is finished."** John 19:30
* I.e. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
** I.e. "Paid in full"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Truth, Friendships and Surrender Obedience to Christ

The conventional wisdom of our day, even within many Christian circles, 
Blithely advances the truism:

“That there is no Truth worthy enough 
For which one should ever risk the loss of a friendship,
Or surrender the sense of belonging, to a community for…”
Those who support this kind of thought could not be more perilously wrong...

For there is no clearer path towards utter idolatry
Nor an easier route that will lead to chaos;

Than the one lined with friends,
Or that courses through a community...
That for the sake of “relationships,”

Affirms and gives permission, for the belief in almost anything...

Loving friendship and surrendered obedience to Christ is the nonnegotiable canon…

There is a unyielding difference between loving those fully, like Christ loves
And “loving others,” despite the nature of Christ…

Scriptural Encouragement:

6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
John 14:6
23 And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it…
Luke 9:23-24
4You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"?…
James 4:4-5

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Problem With Perception...

The problem with perception of almost anything is that when we do perceive something,we erroneously see it  as existing in a static universe. It is never that... All things exist on continuums, that are headed either in a life-giving, or a life-taking trajectory. 

So... when someone says, "All that we want is "C," they often fail to realize that "C" is part of a continuum that will eventually lead to "Z." If "Z" is good, no problem, however, if "Z" is bad, then "C" may not be helpful... The whole of natural and human history supports this... 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When It Can't Be Grace or Truth...

It can't be "Grace"
If it requires that you surrender "Truth."
It can't be "Truth"
If it requires that you can't apply "Grace."
Regardless of their existential poignancy individually...
If either is applied, devoid or unbalanced from the other,
Then what they become most is heresy...

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Morphing of WWJD

In the 1990s, A youth group leader in Holland, Michigan, named Janie Tinklenberg, began a grassroots movement to help the teenagers in her group remember the phrase; it spread nationwide in the 1990s among Christian youth, who wore bracelets bearing the initials W.W. J. D. (Wikipedia)***

Who knew that this iconic phrase and acronym, would eventually become so endemic to the Christian sub-culture, that it would eventually help to launch the most common and divisive effort, for the right biblical interpretation of: "Who Jesus is..." of our time?

There are few things biblically, that contemporary Christians struggle with more, than to be unified around this simple, yet eloquent, question: "What would Jesus do?"