Archive for April, 2012

How “Knowing God” Could Sound Proud

In our last post we looked at a number of questions that might be raised in response to the idea of “a personal relationship with God”. Your comments have been  good. So I’m taking a chance of wearing you out by repeating some of what you’ve said in my own take. But I’ll test your […]

What is a Personal Relationship With God?

While taking note of the trial of Anders Breivik, one of the issues that has come up is the fact that many people in Europe and America  identify themselves as Christians in a cultural sense, without meaning that they are claiming a personal relationship with God. As a friend of the blog clarified, many believe […]

Norway’s Trial of the Century

The Norway trial of Anders Breivik who has admitted to killing 77 people last July in a meticulously planned attack against immigration and multiculturalism deserves our attention. In Breivik’s widely distributed 2083 manifesto, discovered after the killings, he describes how carefully he planned and trained for the attacks.  According to court witnesses he says he […]

Our Response to Loss and Controversy

Thanks to all of you who have been willing to honestly think about what a follower of Christ brings to an issue as tragic as the death of Trayvon, and as controversial as the law’s reaction to George. In addition to appreciating so much of what you have already said, here’s where I am. Seems […]

Trayvon, George, and Us

What can followers of Christ bring to the death of a young teenager that has filled the public media with a mix of facts, allegations, and theories that have divided the public of the United States? What we know is that Trayvon Martin (17) is dead and George Zimmerman (28) is declaring that he is […]

Aslan vs Simba

Disney’s musical adaption of “The Lion King” has become the highest earning show in Broadway history. According to a BBC online article, “The musical has earned $853.8 million (£536.7 million) since opening in 1997. Its closest rival, The Phantom of the Opera, has made $853.1m (£536.3m).” Has anyone else noted the comparison and contrast between […]

Return of the Good Shepherd

At the Shepherd’s arrest, the sheep scattered, just as Jesus had predicted (Matt 26:31). At the time it didn’t make sense, just as now so much doesn’t make sense in our own lives. Yet today we can see how that dark moment was combined with with so many broken pieces into a mosaic of salvation […]

The Day Between

Today, Saturday is the day between. Yesterday had great significance to us. Tomorrow the mood will change. That’s us. We have hindsight… and some degree of anticipation. Try to imagine what today was like for the first followers of Jesus. What it would have been like to have all of your hopes, as well as […]

How Could a Good God Allow This?

In a world as messed up as our own, there are many reasons to ask how a good God could allow this? And why? Long ago, a grieving, angry man found himself tormented by such questions as his friends accused him of hiding the scandal that would explain why he was suffering more than they […]

The Heartbeat of a Word

We’ve been considering together what it means to know and walk with a God who says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, or the strong man boast of his strength, or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, […]

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