“This is how the Father shows who he is- when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” John 15:8 The Message
Let us think of that for a second. God, the Father of all, the creator and sustainer of the universe, shows himself through us. The one true God could choose to show himself in a number of ways (and he has of course: burning bush to Moses, whisper to Elijah, Jesus to the world), but here Jesus tells his disciples then and now how Jesus will show himself: you and me. Continue reading
Well it has been a while since I’ve blogged. It is not for lack of things to blog about, or a desire to blog, but more had to do with my lack of time. I have noticed that I am not alone in this as I have checked out the blogosphere there has been a general reduction in blog writing from among my friends. My biggest reason not to blog has been the last few weeks of school. I had 22 assignments due over the last 4 weeks of school including an incredibly difficult finals week that included a 6 page paper on Monday, a final on Tuesday, a final on Wednesday, a 7 page paper on Thursday, a final on Thursday, and a project on Friday. My only definition of it was “busiest finals week ever.” Seriously, whenever I talked to people about what all I had due on finals week they were tired of hearing the word “and.” But I am now done with my first year of seminary, with 27 of 96 hours completed! Anyway here is a brief snippet of what I might have blogged about had I blogged instead of studied. Continue reading
One of my favorite hymns-turned-contemporary worship songs is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” In the second verse of this song comes this line, “Here I raise my “Ebenezer.” When most of us think of Ebenezer, we think of the Ebenezer Scrooge. Of course, this is not the same Ebenezer that we are referring to in the hymn. So what or who is this mysterious “Ebenezer?” Continue reading
A few things in life bother me. One is the fact that we cannot find a universal word for a “soft drink.” We’ve all heard it and said it. You are serving drinks at a picnic and one person asks for a “Pop.” Don’t ask me why, I’ve never been able to figure out, why we say pop. Someone else will ask for a “Soda,” but my favorite is this type of exchange that you will get in Oklahoma as well as other places. We might be told, “I would like a “Coke.” We respond with the unfortunately obvious response, “Which kind?” They respond, “A Dr. Pepper.” This is normal, and this bothers me. If you want a Dr. Pepper, just tell me a “Dr. Pepper.” This bothers me because it cheapens the word Coke. It has spread the definition of coke well beyond the red can and the yummy taste to include all cans and all tastes.
This happens with our words sometimes. We take a word and overtime it stretches far beyond what it has been intended for. Evangelical is one of those words. It is a word that has been cheapened and stretched to define far more than it should. Continue reading