Thursday, August 28, 2008

Romans 8 -23

Enjoying the challange of Romans 8-although time is against me! It is interesting to reflect on the following in light of Romans 8:23 :

The drop in wealth has exposed personal problems…Money—which bought jewelry or extravagant vacations—helped smooth over many of the difficulties,” said Kenneth Mueller, a psychotherapist in the East Village who works with many Wall Street bankers and real estate developers. Now, Mueller says, his clients ‘catastrophize’ smaller bonuses or shriveling stock portfolios. “You have to remind them that there is something that has always been there,” he says.“All the money helped mask the anxiety.”
— Christine Haughney in The New York Times,It’s Not So Easy Being Less Rich (June 1, 2008)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Romans 8

I have a great privilege of preaching through Romans 8 over three weeks. Any ideas, suggestions, resources, thoughts, insights welcome.

How do you think "no condemnation" impacts us here and now?

Saturday, August 09, 2008

"Yes" to the World

A quote to reflect on:

"Christian ethics is best understood as a response to the way God's kindness bubbles over into every area of life. As such it is simply an extension of the gospel. Christians may therefore talk about life, and then even live it,in such a mesmerisingly beautiful way that those who see and hear cannot help but want to know more of Christ. It is in this sense that Christians are in the business of saying "yes" to the world."

Andrew Cameron : How to Say YES to the World: Towards a New Way Forward in Evangelical Social Ethics' Reformed Theological Review 66

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Study Chaos

At times I admit it-my study gets out of control –books, paper, strange things that people give me all piled high. A number of things occur to me:
  • It never happens over night it is always gradual over time.
  • I always think- yep next time I will master it.
  • It almost always happens when I am really busy and don’t have the time/energy to deal with it.
Kind of a metaphor for sin really...

Saturday, August 02, 2008

We will never be able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again

The last Lambeth ? Archbishop Venables thinks so and he says you will never be able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again- I wonder what God has in store? I think time to pray for those I support and those I don't.