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

Archive for December, 2007

He came that you might work and work abundantly

I don’t believe we can ever think too much about how our work–in whatever field–finds its meaning in our faith.  I do believe we think too infrequently about that relationship.  I’d even bet we unconsciously rank work according to how explicitly it deals with our evangelistic callings.

So, we’re overdue for another comment on the meaning of whatever work that we do.  Here’s a short comment on the subject with an opportunity to follow it into a wider discussion.

He came as a child that you and I might learn to work as children of God.

means test

The LORD has strident words for Israel (the Northern Kingdom) through Hosea, but, at least in 1:7, the words for Judah (the Southern Kingdom) were conciliatory: mercy would still come Judah’s way in the way of deliverance from external forces. But the promise of deliverance would be, the LORD says, through unconventional means. Not by military prowess would Judah escape the imperialistic aspirations of Assyria.

It may be trying too hard to make a principle of a slight phrase, but I think there’s something to learning to trust God through unconventional means of accomplishing His purposes. Read the rest of this entry »

Advent musing, II

if you’re looking for reasons why to make time for preparing and participating in the Lord’s Table, here’s my take on how the observance of Advent almost requires it.

Do you remember ever reading the play by Samuel Beckett entitled Waiting for Godot? It’s the story of two hapless nobodies waiting for one who ends up never coming. The play ends where it begins, on a broad plain by a dead tree, and the scene never changes. And at play’s end, we are left not in admiration of these two poor sops’ patience, but in pity of their willingness to wait for what seems will never come. Read the rest of this entry »

engaging Advent

Perhaps you’ve already seen it. You didn’t plan for it, but as you scanned the channels, there it was. And even if the thought of spending the couple of hours it takes to view it turned your stomach, once your eyes deciphered just a few frames of its technicolor grandeur you felt yourself strangely led to stop and stare, and even stick with it. Read the rest of this entry »