In a discussion with a friend, he took exception to my description of God as ‘hating’ sin. It’s not uncommon for people to be confused about human descriptions of God. Particularly to people who are prone to thinking of God as nothing but a wish-fulfillment of a bunch of people, the use of human emotions and actions to describe God seems only to support the idea that God is something we made up, not the other way around.
Archive for January, 2011
Thanks to another newer reader, Lois, for sending me the link to this short essay. It was published a few years ago, but it remains dead-on in it’s assessment of our current philosophical and ideological climate. I’m a big fan of Francis Shaeffer’s thinking, even if I find his actual writing to be more or less atrocious.
Thanks to recent reader Christina for pointing out this article yesterday! The headline is “Rethinking the Bible as a Social Book”. But that’s pretty misleading. The Bible has *always* been a social book. It has always (or at least until the last 150 years or so) been a book that was intended to be shared and read socially.
Motivation is low. It’s been a rough few weeks. Two memorial services for members of my congregation. A dear friend from our last parish had his appendix burst and underwent emergency surgery Saturday. At the age of 89. He’s doing well, but recovery is never a fun thing to experience or watch. The spouse of my wife’s good friend committed suicide last week leaving his wife and 5-year old child to cope with this loss for the rest of their lives, not to mention his mother. I continue slogging through discussions with people I care deeply about but who can’t (or won’t) come to grips with the possibility (let alone the reality) of the Biblical God, or even stay engaged in the conversation long enough to make progress (whatever that means). I’m just about through two books – one a historical overview of the film industry & its relationship to religious groups in America and the other an annoying diatribe against the film industry by conservative pundits with a nasty habit of contradicting themselves every few pages. Not exactly inspiring.
…because they aren’t premarked. At least if you’re interested in knowing when Christmas or Easter is.
An old acquaintance posted a link to this story on Facebook. The newly installed governor of Alabama was addressing a “church crowd” and made the comment that other Christians share a special relationship to him. They are his “brothers and sisters”, whereas those who are not Christian don’t share this relationship, and he wishes that they did. The acquaintance who posted the link was disturbed by it, and understandably so. She’s not a Christian (by her own admission). And it pains me when people who may be open to Christianity but not necessarily familiar with it read these sorts of stories and become upset by them.
No real commentary, just an article in Time that I thought was interesting. It reports on a study of young adults that revealed that many young adults prefer self-image boosts of one form or another over other types of pleasurable options. It’s also to see the experts wrangle over what these results mean, both positively and negatively.
I posted last month about a family in Indiana with a baby that needed a massive operation in order to live. Just as an update, the family has been able to secure coverage for the costs of the operation. Apparently, they received quite a bit of donations – over $150,000 in the first three days the story broke. All the donated monies received are being funneled to an institution dedicated to getting the baby’s particular condition ruled ‘non-experimental’ so that other families in similar situations should have an easier time getting insurance to cover it.
Our elected officials probably spend a frightening amount of their time attending special events as guests of honor and speakers. Their presence at various functions offers a form of legitimization for a group, a cause, or what-have-you. But should we be surprised – or disappointed – if our elected officials fail to attend certain functions?
This ought to start a flurry of howls from certain quarters. It is very possible in Illinois that the moment of silence that was done away with years ago might be reinstituted in public schools.