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.
This morning I texted someone for the first time and identified myself as "Pastor Jenn." Which was weird.
Some people like to say that Jesus was talking about some teeny gate in Jerusalem which a camel could enter if all of the luggage with which it was loaded down was removed. There may be or have been such a gate, but I don't buy that that's what Jesus was talking about because frankly, I think He got kind of a kick out of making really difficult-to-take utterances and meaning them.
I'm not sure it's actually possible to idolize the Bible...
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 He… Continue 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 up… Continue reading The Like of God
At the end of the day, spiritual disciplines are not about results. They are about relationship.
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?
I'm really glad I was invited to do a workshop there because probably I otherwise wouldn't have taken the time out of my schedule to go, but it was so well worth it.