Monthly Archives: August 2010

understanding

I read a quote from a preacher who is very prominent in some circles of the church these days. In this quote he said that faith comes from the heart, not from the mind. I paused when I read this about a week ago. It raises a lot of interesting questions. The same day I read these words from Paul to Timothy: “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”

“Think
over what I say,
for
the Lord will give you understanding
in everything.”

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Proverbs

I’ve been contemplating Proverbs this month, considering one a day. It is awesome to be reminded of great truths of life. As I read them, I hear many of the teachings of Jesus. Consider the Proverbs.

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back in the USA

Well, I’m back in the good ol’ USA and am looking forward the the fall season and what lies ahead!

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been busy, sorry, but I have been reading

I’ve been puttin in some longer hours the past few weeks (not whining, I love it) so I’ve not posted much. It seems that by the time I get to the Internet at night, I check email, communicate with home, post a tweet and go to sleep… I haven’t watched TV in two and a half months (and am blessed by such)…

Riding the public transit, I have really been enjoying The Reason for God by Tim Keller riding hither and yon on the busz, metro or tram… I’ll be posting some thoughts about it soon, but here is my main thought.

I’ve read and taught Mere Christianity for over sixteen years. I have read a lot of books that the covers claimed that “not since Mere Christianity… blah, blah, blah…” you know what I mean.

But this book, this book really does rise toward the level of Mere. Indeed, in many ways Keller is doing the same thing Lewis did. He is trying to first make sense of things for an unbelieving reader in a friendly conversational tone (of course for Lewis, it was initially a listener) and then he provides a clear description of what Christians believe.

No, C. S. Lewis does NOT need to move over, Mere remains at the pinnacle (yet way below Scripture) but I think that maybe, just maybe, everyone else should.

I urge you to read The Reason for God.

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mercy

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Heb. 13.15-16)

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a slide show from the Balkans

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via http://www.economist.com/node/21009226.

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