There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for September, 2006

Not exactly light blogging: discussing death

sorry (again) for not leaving time for discussion Sunday.  Here’s what I would’ve asked you to comment on.  I know your day doesn’t allow for extended reflection and comment (“but, boss, my contemplative musings on life and death can only help my effectiveness in the workplace!“), but any semi-thoughtful insight will do. Two questions:

1.    Who’s right?:

o         Jonathan Edwards, age 17: 9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death

o         or Dr. Gardner Taylor, age 70-something: [having lost his wife in a freak car accident, “As we grow older, this life shows its true qualities of impermanence and unreliability. The young ought not feel that way; they ought to have the illusion of permanence. I don’t think you could live very well without that illusion.  As one gets older, God has ordained it so that as one must leave the world, it becomes less attractive.”

2.    How do we live between being morbidly occupied with death and totally aloof to it?

to Thailand and beyond. . .

Andrew and Becky Bronson go wheels-up to Thailand this evening.

Here’s their final communique before heading out.  You’ll be able to keep track of them from their blog.

Dear friends and family,

Tonight we will be leaving Texas for Thailand.  We wanted to send a last update from this side of the Pacific to say thank you to all of you who have supported and encouraged us throughout this process.  Hard to believe everything has come together so quickly; our God has provided beyond our expectations and we give Him thanks.  We have really enjoyed the last couple months of visiting with many of you and final preparations to leave, though we are admittedly ready to get over there and started on this next chapter.

Good news is that in today’s smaller and smaller world, we will still only be an email or a cheap phone call away.  So this email is going to have to be short.  Still much to pack today before our flight at 10:30pm.

But we do hope you hear our sincere thanks for putting us where we are today and where we are headed.  Please keep us in your prayers over the next days and weeks especially, that… 1) we would quickly figure out a long term living situation in Bangkok (we will be staying in a temporary apartment in the interim), 2) that we would dive into and remain in the language learning process with vigor and discipline (and success!), and 3) that our hearts would look first to our God for strength and remember that He loves to give graciously to His children.

Thank you for your prayers and we look forward to keeping in touch with you all.  We will send address and contact information once we arrive in Bangkok and figure those things out.  Beckybronsonssunglasses.jpg‘s blog has changed addresses by the way, to www.stickywrites.wordpress.com.

God bless you,
Andrew & Bec

inspecting the heart for greed…

as you’re considering your theology of money in the Redeemer Stewardship Devotional Booklet we distributed last Sunday, you might have a look at this essay by Sarah Hinlicky. Keeping the leash on your heart when it comes to money is like walking your dog: it must be done daily, otherwise accidents await you.greed

and dare we leave out a few comments by Piper on a pertinent text? to your peril do you!

would you mind praying?

as we mentioned last Sunday, six of your comrades and me are headed out of town this weekend to pray for you and plan for our next several months.  They have all accepted an invitation to serve you: to pray for you, to take an interest in your spiritual well-being, to take part in efforts that have this end in mind:

“that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil 1:9-11)

Not exactly light work.

We’d ask for your prayers this weekend:

Erika McIntyre

Alina Klisho

Ted Mitchell

Kirk DeBoer

Patrick Van Ooteghem

Elizabeth Rain

fearing God, the part I didn’t get to

To Sundays ago, we considered what The Preacher had to say about fearing God. I think we could surmise a proper fear–fear that has God’s lovingkindness in lock-step with His fearsomeness in view–shapes our worship, our prayers, and our commitments. I only had time to explore the first. Here’s the entirety of what I planned, including the two domains we didn’t have time for, domains I’d be remiss not to get out there. So, if you’ll forgive my thoughts in outline form, here they are: Simple Etiquette–Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Comments both welcomed and encouraged.