Every time I teach SITS, or promote it, for that matter, I talk about “what if God were there, even in the dark times”? Well. What if He were? Does that make the fact that you lived through those times better? Or worse? If He were there, and you still went through it, that must mean He didn’t do anything about it, right? Why would you want to find that out? What’s more, how could you continue to trust Him if you learned that He was?
Oh for goodness’ sake. If I can’t even keep up with this blog by posting stuff I’ve already written, there may be no help for me. Here are the rest of the readings and associated thoughts and questions to conclude Part One of When God Is Invisible. 7th Reading – Esther 5 What do youContinue reading “All the Other Readings”
Second OSF post of the exploration study: If you’ve read this story a million times before, it might be so familiar that nothing about it really seems surprising. See if you can read it as if you’re coming to the story for the first time (or maybe you really are!). What kinds of questions doesContinue reading “2nd Reading: Esther 2:1-18”
Then I read the story for myself.
By the time I got to Leviticus, though, I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.
I said, “Actually, I’ve come to a whole host of realizations about our childhood on the basis of some boxes I discovered here over the weekend.”
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you… (1 Peter 4:12) Sometimes, if they seem open to the idea, I suggest to people that God doesn’t ask us to go through the sorts of things He wasn’t (isn’t?) willing to go through Himself. He became a human being for that very purpose. And HeContinue reading “First World … Formation”
I was loved as a child. I know I was fortunate in this, and I think I even knew it then. I was loved by my family, I mean, which I suspect is the main thing, in childhood. I had a little more trouble at school, though, and somewhere along the way I picked upContinue reading “The Like of God”
How is it that Christians are still so divided along color lines that in almost half a century, a missionary kid like me never heard of the actual “Father of Modern Missions”? Or if I did, it was never in those terms, and I don’t remember it?
Why are we all still talking about God’s glory and God’s love as two different things? If someone or something’s “glory” is basically that person or thing’s essence, and “God IS love,” then how would God’s love and God’s glory not be exactly the same thing?