In which I break my blogging silence and share a personal opinion…

I’m of the opinion that not everyone needs to share their views on everything with the whole world. I try to hold to that and not weigh in on controversial discussions or comment… Continue reading

“Modern Thinker…

“Modern Thinker’s Creed” by Steve Turner We believe in Marx, Freud and Darwin. We believe everything is OK as long as you don’t hurt anyone, to the best of your definition of hurt,… Continue reading

Gods at War: The Impact of Baalism in Ancient Israel

This is a paper I wrote for my Hebrew History class.  I learned so much from it I thought I would share it. Gods at War: The Impact of Baalism in Ancient Israel… Continue reading

Lessons from Job

Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! I know that my redeemer… Continue reading

The God Man

“Since the children [human beings] have flesh and blood, he [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of… Continue reading

Phos Hilaron

Hail Gladdening Light
Of His pure glory poured
Who is the Immortal Father, Heavenly Blest
Holiest of Holies, Jesus Christ our Lord
Now we are come to the sun’s hour of rest
The lights of evening ’round us shine
We hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Divine
Worthiest art Though, at all times to be sung
With undefiled tongue
Son of our God, Giver of life alone
Therefore, in all the world Thy glories Lord
Thine own

Phos Hilaron – Hail Gladdening Light

The earliest known Christian Hymn.  Repeating it reminds me that I am not alone, but am part of a long line of incredible men and women who have found the same truth, and given their lives to the same cause.  

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Search for the elusive “will of God”

And to expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.

– A. W. Tozer

I am reading Francis Chan’s book “Forgotten God”, and he uses this quote to introduce a discussion about the quest to “find God’s will for my life”.  He suggests that maybe we spend an undue amount of time contemplating this and miss out on what God’s Spirit is asking me to do now, today.  

I find this thought-provoking.  I have spent much time in my life fretting about what “God’s will” is for my future.  One time I remember praying that God would please reveal his will for me, and his answer was “be faithful in the small things”.  I considered this a step to the bigger, more important revelation of his will for my life.  However, now I am considering that perhaps this is his will for my life.  To live faithfully every day, in every moment, and follow His Spirit in every day-to-day situation.  If I do not do this, I will never do his will.  As long as “God’s will” remains some grand, distant, future aspiration, it will never happen.  God’s will has to become a daily reality in my life.  As the Tozer quote says, if I neglect the promptings of the Spirit today, I will soon destroy my ability to hear him at all.  

And so, I choose today to listen for the Holy Spirit in everything I do.  I commit do doing God’s will as it comes to me today, in this moment, and not just in some far-off, mystical future.  

Re-Entry Ramblings…

Noise.  Chaos.  Dust.  Dirt.  Heat.  Poverty. These are the words I would have used to describe the situation when I stepped off the plane into Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  My reaction was surprisingly apathetic, perhaps… Continue reading

Mythopoeia – J.R.R. Tolkien on the value of Myth

  To one who said that myths were lies and therefore worthless, even though “breathed through silver” (J.R.R. Tolkien to C.S. Lewis) PHILOMYTHUS TO MISOMYTHUS You look at trees and label them just… Continue reading