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When the Gospel becomes bigger and less safe than we used to think…

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Sometimes I am afraid of faith.

Sometimes I like my doubts, cup them close to my chest, build them one atop the other like blocks of safe cold plastic, a buffer between myself and the howling fire of Spirit and heart that I have come to know as God.

The scariest, biggest change in my Christianity since graduation is that God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Gospel Worldview have spun wildly out of my control. At Princeton, it was nice to think about the Gospel. I sorted things out in neat creation-fall-redemption-glory narratives, applying them to foreign policy issues and my own struggles with thesis and sabbath and relationships.

Most of the time, I had the worldview in my hands. I tinkered with a pair of lenses, zooming in and out, polishing the filters, thinking “Ah, let me upgrade a bit with this theological tidbit, decorate with this song…

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May 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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Reading Tri-persectivalist stuff…

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reminds me of Cos126 Sierpinski recursion project.

TRIANGLESSSS. EVERYWHERE.Image

The stuff of Mr. Poythress and Mr. Frame’s nightmares. Like those loopy old Disney movie dream/song sequences. (Remember Dumbo drunk scene?)

Makes me also wonder about David Kelsey’s Triple Helix thing. Three irreducible perspectives, three irreducible ways of relating to humanity? Creation/Reconciliation/Consummation…

 

abstract thoughts, too many triangles, afraid of going to bed tonight.

 

 

 

 

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February 7, 2014 at 2:57 am

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A word that instills an undying courage

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Remember when we were bold, adventurous kids, ready to follow God into the darkest places to save the world? What happened to us? When did we become fearful? When did we settle into a mediocre life? When did comfort become our aim, rather than God’s justice, mercy, mission, hope, peace – shalom?

When doubt crept in, so that we questioned whether we could really trust those words we used to find reassuring.

When difficulties beset us & the shouting of other voices rang in our ears, drowning out that still small voice.

When we started making excuses, speaking half-truths that turned into outright lies, that half-as-good was good enough.

Can you hear his words? “Take heart, for I have overcome the world.”

Maybe those are just the words we need to hear again to inspire our hearts with what we need to reemerge from our cocoons, to take up that ancient calling again to fight the good fight.

“Blessed is the one who doesn’t just hear the word, but does it.”

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January 16, 2014 at 4:47 am

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Could it be that our longing for beauty is a longing for the cross? For how could there be anything that more attracts our affections than that cross of tears & love, of glory unveiled, yet that also forces us to draw away in fearful disgust, in fear of vulnerability, of being exposed to our core before the nakedness of the cross? Could there be anything more beautiful? Indeed, could there be any more fitting origin of beauty than the paradox of death bringing life, wounds bringing healing, sadness bringing joy, despair bringing hope?

Surely, only the cross can fill that infinite chasm in us that longs for beauty, for it is through the cross that we are made beautiful.

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January 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

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Meaning.

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Much of our lives’ meaning, certainly, is socially- or self-constructed; but that doesn’t strip our lives from having intrinsic meaning. If indeed God is the world’s Creator, it is His meaningful speaking that grounds its being and existence. All that exists then is intrinsically meaningful, guiding our hearts back to the Logos, the Word which was with God and was God, which is the meaning holding all things together, the meaning in whom and through him and for whom are all things.

Jesus. 

Thank you for my meaningful life. Thank you for being the meaning of my life.

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December 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

The grace of embrace

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There is a wideness to God’s mercy. Narrow is the way, but broad is his grace. You, yes even me, are welcomed by the warmth of his embrace.

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December 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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The haunting paradox of Christ

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…perhaps, is what keeps my faith alive…the imagination required, the longing encapsulated, the relational vulnerability bursting forth, the visual creativity of it. I believe because I can’t help it, at least for the moment. Not simply because I find it true or recognize it as good, but because I can’t help admiring and being enthralled by the beauty unveiled.

Christ, the hope of glory.
Christ, the wounded lamb.
Christ, the victorious sufferer
Christ, the crucified-resurrected King
Christ, the prince of shalom
Christ, the God-man
Christ, the express image of God
Christ, the long-awaited Savior
Christ, the prophetic priest
Christ, the well-spring of life
Christ, the way, truth, life
Christ, the shepherd who knows me
Christ, my Creator
Christ, our risen Lord
Christ, the power & wisdom of God
Christ, the first fruits of a new creation
Christ, our friend
Christ, the author & perfector of faith
Christ, who first loved us
Christ, who laments evil
Christ, who makes God visible
Christ, fulfillment of law & prophets
Christ, the promised one
Christ, the Messiah
Christ, the suffering servant
Christ, the holy one
Christ, the righteous judge
Christ, the renewing one
Christ, Emmanuel
Christ, the faithful one
Christ, the new Adam
Christ, the Son of Man
Christ, the Son of God

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December 11, 2013 at 3:45 am

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