Quote

July 19, 2017

“If green beans and broccoli are worth the struggle, a season or two of difficulty in the pew is more than worth it.”

Good and Angry

July 19, 2017

Chapter 1, page 18
It is difficult to negotiate your way through life when you live in the shadow of the volcano.

Good and Angry

July 19, 2017

Chapter 1, page 8

Anger is the reaction that incinerates marriages and disintegrates families. 

Quote

July 18, 2017

“In order to actually minister to people, you need wise selectivity while bearing in mind the fullest possible repertoire of options from which to choose. 
You do not build a house with only one tool in your toolbox when God gives you a truckload of tools. But you do use your tools one at a time, the right tool for the right job.” – David Powlison (How Does Sanctification Work?)

Good and Angry

July 17, 2017

Intro, page 5

But wherever you find yourself in the process of facing and dealing with anger, God is merciful.
Powlison

Missionaries

July 12, 2017

QUESTION:How should churches evaluate the success of missionaries they support?
ANSWER:

That’s a tough question to answer because competing principles are at play.
1. Supernatural fruitfulness can’t always be measured. Remember, missions work is accomplished “by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).
2. One of our most important criteria should be whether or not a person is faithfully preaching the Word and living a life of conformity to the Word.
3. Nonetheless, the Lord gives different gifts to different members of the body. This means that it’s possible for a person to labor faithfully in a work for which they are not gifted, which may prove discouraging to all parties over time. Through ongoing relationships with such missionaries, a church can get a sense of their gifts and whether their work is a good fit for their gifts and personality.
4. Now, a church should be willing to be patient and give time for the Lord to work according to his clock, which will often involve more time than a business waiting for a return on its investment. The first American missionary, Adoniram Judson, didn’t see a single convert for seven years, but ultimately his work contributed to the conversions of thousands.
5. Still, we want to be good stewards of the Lord’s resources, both in terms of the money he’s given, as well as in terms of the lives of the missionaries being spent.
6. The bottom line: all these factors need to be considered on a case by case basis.

Apostate’s Creed

June 28, 2017

The Apostate’s Creed
I often believe in god, the life-force friendly

observer of heaven and earth.
I believe in a Jesus Christ, our good example

who might have been conceived by the Holy Spirit, if you go for that sort of thing,

born of the Virgin Mary,

victimized by the government,

was crucified, died, and buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again, maybe just spiritually in the hearts of his followers, we’re not sure;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come, but not to judge anybody, because judging is bad.
I believe in sending good thoughts,

the holy catholic pluralism,

the communion of mankind,

the redefinition of sins,

the supremacy of the body,

and that somehow everybody makes it (except Hitler and Donald Trump).

Amen.

Children

June 21, 2017

“If we could view all of their (our children)sinful behaviors as precious opportunities to teach them then we would be far more righteous in our training. We would be joyful and eager all the time rather than angry and frustrated.”

Honesty

June 13, 2017

“Constructive honesty requires us to know the difference between what we think or feel and what we should share.” – Winston Smith

Worriers

June 1, 2017

“Worriers are visionaries minus the optimism.” – Ed Welch, Running Scared