Monthly Archives: February 2014

Niebuhr on Christ & Culture


Here’s my thoughts (what I took away at the end)…

The church is a broad and deep body of people that transcends time and space, it has no geographical or time boundaries. It is like the broad and deep Pacific ocean is a body of water… mostly there are no individual drops. I am not describing some kind of monism. I am thinking of our oneness in and with Christ and one another (John 17?).

To take this drop thing too far, I would say this… There are no individual drops in the ocean excepts for those created by the surface water being battered by storms. What does this tell us about being in the deep with God and one another? The deeper we are the safer we are?

Niebuhr writes: “Our decisions must be made in the present moment-but in the presence of historical beings (this book is all about those beings) whose history has been made sacred by the historical, remembered actions of the one who inhabits eternity.”

From all this I think: We learn to look back to help up see now and hope for the future. But as usual, don’t look back with regret, nor now in fear, but forward with hope in God. (This, I would propose, is a healthy existential position that is based of a hopeful eschatology.)

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Cool wall

Dulles term. B Starbucks has this cool wall…


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For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
   ( Romans 14:8, ESV)

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an open letter to our ESI colleagues


We at CEO were surprised and saddened on Monday when we heard the news of the closing of ESI. Indeed, ESI was a pioneer in facilitating teachers on mission. It is my observation in my 17 years of ministry in and around Hungary that God’s impact through you for His Kingdom has been significant. We trust that God will bear lasting fruit from the Gospel seeds sown in the past and that are being sown today, in classrooms, over coffee, through your relationships. READ MORE

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Listening to the radio the other night I heard an interesting interview on Fresh Air, CLICK HERE to listen.

Described in this interview is the training necessary for British Royal Navy pilots who are taught how to survive a sea crash of their helicopter. They are taught to wait for the vehicle to submerge and quiet down before following the counter intuitive instructions that will save their life. They are to wait, then at a certain point, eject the window, and then unbuckle their safety harness. All this, when their instincts tell them to work as hard as they can as fast as they can to get out NOW! But, they are told to wait, to have faith in their instructor who has told them how to survive.

Isn’t is our instinct to flail around, work as hard, as fast as possible? Even when we are told to relax, to wait, to follow the instructor?

What are the ways you need to trust?

And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:20-21, ESV)

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just friends?

A friend told me about an article he read in the AARP magazine. It was about a movie that apparently depicts friendship. The reason he mentioned it is that the article had a bit in it about four kinds of friends: must, trust, just and rust. The categories and their creator are listed at the end of the article HERE.

A must friend is the first one you call with big news.

A trust is one you can count on, but not quite in your inner circle.

A just friend is one who is an acquaintance.

A rust friend is one who has stood the test of time.

This bears thinking about. Who are your must friends? Who are your rust friends? Who, among your trust or  just friends should you cultivate deeper relationships with? To whom should/could you be a must friend?


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