Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Defence/Offence

Being offended is a popular position. Crying foul, or in our times, claiming political correctness is the 'right' of an individual. Being offended, claiming mistreatment as a victim of political incorrectness has become the mark of the oppressed. The irony is that 'being offended' creates an implicitly positive self-description. It isn't about the 'right-to-be' or the 'right-of-being', it has become about the 'right to differ' or to be  'different'  without viable or reasonable justification for that position. It has created the mantra for the self-proclaimed 'liberators' of our culture. Marginal and fringe groups of society have taken as a right of ownership the option of holding hostage the world-view on issues of behaviour, gender, culture and sexual orientation to a politically correct agenda. The creation of a position whereby they posit themselves as a victim (tenuously) as a result of being offended by a politically incorrect statement. This has become an accepted, if not credible, argument in the verbal repartee of this age. It has become the excuse for the absence of debate and the exchange of ideas by reasonable advocates of differing opinions. After all, I am rendered powerless to voice my opnion because of a 'politically correct' prohibition. The declaration of a right (way, or view) is no longer a right I possess.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Death in the Box


Matthew 10:28, "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

Snake-handling throws an interesting twist on Christian faith and practice. Leaving hermaneutics aside and focusing upon the mind-set of a Christian who believes that, ..."If I get bit, don't take me to no doctor. If God can’t deliver me, let me go on home to be with Him. I believe that with all my heart. I'm not going to no doctor for snakebites. God said to do this and if you do it and He can't take care of you, He'd be a mighty poor God." ... I find myself questioning the depth of my own faith. What do I believe about God? What am I being saved from?  What are the parameters of my Christian life? Is there a limit to my obedience to God?

Friday, January 08, 2010

CD/HD/ID/AD/VD/OD

As you read through my blog entries, it should be noticeable that there is a prevalent theme or thought which I am in the process of investigating. My topic list is rather extensive, however, the main impetus of this blog is the attempt to resolve for myself, personally, the faith/fear continuum. Whether I am talking about humour, God, father, love or any aspect of Christian life, I find at the end I am still seeking to define the relationship of fear and faith. In my life I find that there is a continuous connection or association between these two and there affinity affects every aspect of my life.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Penta 5

Mark 16: 16-18, "He who believes and is baptized will (shall) be saved; but he who does not believe will  (shall) be condemned. And these signs will (shall) follow those who believe: In My name they will (shall) cast out demons; they will (shall) speak with new tongues; they will (shall) take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will (shall) lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Friday, January 01, 2010

Humour, Comedy and Life

A good laugh, Chesterton argued, can be a sign of taking something seriously. The seriousness of a moment provides the context that makes for comedy. It is the jarring contradiction.