Here’s my question. Why is it either or? Why do we need to prioritize worship over work, or work over worship? Why do we even think this is two different things? It’s like thinking God’s love and God’s glory are two different things. They’re not. They’re two different ways of thinking or talking about one thing. The same God. Worshiping Jesus and following Him are also one thing.
suffering is a facet of God’s glory, and if we are contemplating God’s glory so that we may be transformed into His likeness, we need to contemplate the whole thing—His suffering, too. If we consistently and insistently gloss over the suffering of God and skip right to the triumph, our understanding of God will eventually cease to be Christian, our “god” will become a triumphalist psychopath, and we will start to reflect that image instead.
Sermon #3. Ideally, we'll get a recording of the second one, one of these days...
God is not oppressive, God is not stingy, and the thing that makes God most angry is when people are promoting and/or worshiping something or some idea that isn’t Him. It robs Him of His glory, and His glory is the best thing that could ever happen to us.
I had this idea that I was going to start blogging a lot more, because right around the turn of the year, I started blogging a lot more. I think I thought I could write blogposts to prime the sermon-writing pump, but I just plain don't write fast enough. We're still working on consistency of… Continue reading Spoiler Alert