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, May 30, 2010

Notwithstanding; Kitsch

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, "Morning, boys, how's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, "What the hell is water?"

We live in a capitalistic and individualistic culture. Capitalism is so deeply entrenched and embedded in the surrounding culture that the consumer mentality of the Church cannot be clearly differentiated from that of our community. Individualism as a pervading consciousness has its influence in the autonomous, independent mind-set which many in the Church claim as a right and a freedom of expression.

Jude 12 "These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, ..."

Whether this is called apostasy or hypocrisy is irrelevant. The corruption is not from the secretive and hidden sins, it is a corruption from the things that are in plain view. The fault of the Church is not in understanding, but in our wills, our appetites, our affections.

The character and personae of the Church are all painted with the same broad brush strokes. What is seen by one as culturally definitive stains all. The parking-lot of your Church tells a story in and of itself. Whether it communicates worship, necessity or want is determinant upon 'innocence' and 'naivete'. After all, are we not asking the same question, "What the hell is water?" In that lies our justification, and our condemnation, we are part of our culture and its subtlety and pervasiveness has won the day and the Church present.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Notwithstanding ...

As each generation 'comes to pass' the evidence of their convictions becomes manifest. Honest evaluation of lives lived in reality only occurs when faced with immenent demise. Therein lies the strength and courage of belief and faith. Each generation seeks to 'pass on' the wisdom and knowledge of life's lessons; to translate meaning into footpaths.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Honesty: An Obscure Point

Life, honestly faced, is too much for people to bear.
So we blame, make excuse and make life tolerable for ourselves in the face of a dishonest evaluation of what we have made life.
This is why many believe that Christianity, like all religions, performs the function of a crutch, a narcotic or an anesthetic.

Monday, May 24, 2010

"Ye Stand in the Faith", Firm and Stable; or in the Grace of Faith"

1 Cor 3:13-15 "... each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Language of Words

We use words and forget the language that words communicate; language speaks of the heart, soul and mind.

Ecclesiastes 12:12 says "Of many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh."

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Cherish; Charis; Charity

People who know me, know that I like watching sports. Being Canadian it can be properly assumed that Hockey is my favorite sport, followed closely by Football and Basketball.

There is something intensely entertaining watching the abilities and strengths of opposing players vieing for supremacy. In more relative terms it is more akin to beating each other up. It is about battling through adversity, weakness, it is about individual effort and team play, personal strength and prowess, mental preperation and fatigue, failure and mistake. It is man and team against an opponent, the equality to be determined by the outcome, usually indicated by the score. However there are times when teams play there best games in a losing effort.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Beauty; Part V

"But what if man had eyes to see the true beauty-the divine beauty, I mean, pure and dear and unalloyed, not clogged with the pollutions of mortality and all the colors and vanities of human life-thither looking, and holding converse with the true beauty simple and divine? Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may. Would that be an ignoble life?" Plato 

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Sanctified: A Continuing Search for Beauty Part IV

Sanctification means to make holy; to consecrate; set aside for sacred or ceremonial use; to free from sin; to purify. Sanctification unlike justifiaction and imputed righteousness is a life process of consecration, founded upon the instantaneous act of receiving Jesus Christ as personal Savoiur. John 3:16, " For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Righteous: A Continuing Search for Beauty Part III

There is no greater form of slavery than to be a slave to your own lusts. The condemnation of our sin is not just our justifying death, it is also the shackles and enslavement to sin and unrighteousness. Our inherent desires are at cross-purposes to the intents of God.
Romans 6:16, "Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slave whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?" 

Justification; A Continuing Search for Beauty Part II

Justification is often taught as 'just-as-if-I'd-never-sinned'. It is a standard of Christian teaching because it is concise and full of meaning. However is it accurate?

In Scotland an official notice of the execution was posted on the prison gate, it would say as an example,
On Saturday 18th January, at Dumbarton Prison, Patrick Lunnay was justified. It meant that Patrick Lunnay had been hanged by the neck until dead. The punishment imposed on Patrick as sentence for his conviction of a crime had been justly administered.