Monthly Archives: December 2005

catchin up on some kingdom quotes: two ends of a spectrum

As I’ve been travelin, I’ve been readin… here are some quotes that have struck me From Devine

p. 41 “When we examine the broad spectrum of Christian proclaimation and practice, we see that the only thing made essential on the right wing of theology is forgiveness of the individual’s sins. On the left it is removal of social or structural evils…. What right and left have in common is that neither group lays down a coherent framework of knowledge and practical direction adequate to personal transformation toward the abundance and obedience emphasized in the New Testament, with a corresponding redemption of ordinary life.

This is such a truism, I have thought that both ends of the spectrum have been missing it, I am so pleased to see someone pointing out the problem that exists with these ends… and it would seem that those who are not on an end are so few…

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an introvert in close quarters

so its after 5 in the afternoon and I get very little alone time, we are staying with family… I wrote this: “How does an introvert cope in a typical three generation home in the rest of the world? Where does he/she think? read? write?

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some progress…

So today I had a victory, I slept until 5am!!! The previous mornings I have awakened at 4am and wide awake too. The problem is not so much the getting up early that is bad, it’s the winding down in the evening too early that’s a drag… but I am operating in a 14 hour time difference… yesterday, we were up in the country and so at about five I went for a walk, the temperature has been below freezing the whole time, the air felt moist and I expected snow… and sure enough about eight here it came, about an inch of beautiful powdery snow which blankets everything. But the thing that came with the snow that made things unpleasant was a gusting wind which made things feel much colder. And much colder it stays… like Virginia which has been experiencing colder than usual temperatures, apparently the same is true here. Later, at about two, a niece drives up in this not much bigger than a Mr. Bean car and we all head to the city with me driving: but that will have to be my next entry, driving on ice…

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jet lag causes readin and thinkin early in the mornin

ok so its 4am (Korea time) and im wide awake thanks to jet lag, jet lag is an amazing thing, gets us early risers going even earlier!! been reading and thinking about the kingdom of God… Willard (The Divine Conspiracy) puts it this way

“Now God’s own ‘kingdom,’ or ‘rule,’ is the range of his effective will, where what he wants done is done. The person of God himself and the action of his will are the organizing principles of his kingdom, but everything that obeys those principles, whether by nature ar by choice, is within his kingdom.” (p.25)

This is a great starting definition… I must think about this in the greater context of life and kingdom travelin… I would love to find fellow travellers to converse about this…

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walkin on ice

I love goin out in the winter and walkin in the quiet… hearing little more than the crunch below my feet… in the neighborhood is a paved path, much of it this morning was clear but there was a long section next to a pond which was covered in icy accumulation… this morning as i left the house I thought to take along a walking stick… this stick provided me with much stability, helping steady me better than I could have walked on the icy path without it… I was glad for the steadying effect of the stick… I noticed something too about walking on ice, to keep from slipping, I kept my focus on the ice at my feet, I was not lookin behind me, and only occasionally did I look way down the path… I wanted to know what was on the ground right in front of me, I did not want to slip, so I looked at where I would place my foot, and my stick… there is a lesson here about life, we need to look up sometimes to give us the big picture, the wider angle on how we are going in life… sometimes, when life is on a really slippery path that may mean stopping, taking a deep breath of the cold air and looking around us to see where we are, from where we have come, and where we are going… then, with a caught up perspective we continue… so during the holiday, be sure to stop and get some perspective…

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the law and grace

from my reading this morning, Spurgeon says: “Come unto me.” –Matthew 11:28

The cry of the Christian religion is the gentle word, “Come.” The Jewish law harshly said, “Go, take heed unto thy steps as to the path in which thou shalt walk. Break the commandments, and thou shalt perish; keep them, and thou shalt live.” The law was a dispensation of terror, which drove men before it as with a scourge; the gospel draws with bands of love. Jesus is the good Shepherd going before His sheep, bidding them follow Him, and ever leading them onwards with the sweet word, “Come.” The law repels, the gospel attracts. The law shows the distance which there is between God and man; the gospel bridges that awful chasm, and brings the sinner across it.

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