Category Archives: New (and renewed) Directons

Reading Hebrews/As The Struggle Continues

Hebrews.

Something told me to read Hebrews.

I was watching a show on the National Geographic channel on “The Secret Lives of the Apostles”–I absolutely love the “religious” shows on the “science” channels–and they were bringing up some of the writings contained in the book of Hebrews.  Somewhere along the way the thought hit me, “That sounds intriguing. I think I’ll read that book next.”  And off I go . . .

I’ve been struggling lately with, I guess you could call it “restlessness”. Its that uneasy feeling that either, a) “I’m not doing enough”; b) “I could be doing more”; or c) “What the h@!! am I doing?”

As most of you know, my life at the moment makes absolutely no sense in “worldly” terms.  I’m currently not drawing a wage.  (What the h@!! am I doing!)  My wife hasn’t drawn a wage in almost two years now, even though she’s doing arguably the hardest “job” in the world–being a mother. (A damn good one too! Hi honey!)  We’ve been living, for the past four months, on a portion of our meager savings while I’ve been shuffling my time between writing (I could be doing more!), fathering (ditto), and our non-profit organization Ds Connections Nw (I’m not doing enough!).  Yet, I look back over these last several months and I find it hard to believe, especially from God’s perspective, that I’ve made a wrong choice. Continue reading Reading Hebrews/As The Struggle Continues

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What OTHERS think of the Theology Books We Write {with thanks to T.E. Hanna & Peter Enns}

I borrow once again from T.E. Hanna’s great Of Dust and Kings blog who, in turn, borrowed from Peter Enns’ blog over on Patheos.  I think it’s a funny, poignant turn on what God thinks of the theology books we write (and can be extrapolated to pretty much any theological writing in my humble opinion).  As I was reading the following “exchange” though, a few thoughts came to mind which I’ll share later.  But, we begin with Peter Enns’ work:

What we think of the theology books we write:

Well, I’ve worked for years on this, and I have to say I think I nailed it. It’s not perfect, but I am sure this will be a lasting contribution to thinking Christians everywhere. It’s a thoughtful piece that raises many pressing, indeed, perennial issues, that have not been addressed quite as clearly as I do here.

You’re welcome.

What God thinks (as told through dramatic metaphor):

Five year old: Daddy, do you like my picture?

Father: [Dear God, if there is a God, have mercy on me and tell me what this random series–if series is even the right word–of lines and squiggles is supposed to be. Please. Help. Me.] Ah….woooooow! That’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Five Year Old: Can you tell what it is? [no clue what’s happening]

Father: [Merciful and Almighty God. I do not know what this is. Either tell me or make it stop. I will promise you anything.] Of COURSE. Yeah. It’s a cccaaaa….

Five Year Old: [slightly puzzled but not discouraged] It’s a reindeer in a boat.

Father: [Capricious God, was I asking too much? A little help. Still, not too bad. Damage control time.] Sure. Here are the antlers…and look…it’s nose…and there is the outboard motor…..and that’s the water, right?

Five Year Old: That’s the sail.

Father: [A sail? Why didn’t you warn me to leave well enough alone?] Oh, riiiight.. The sail.

Five Year Old: Isn’t that a great picture, Dad.

Father: It’s beAUTiful. I love it. And everyone else who sees it will love it, too. Let’s hang it up on the fridge to make sure everyone sees it. Everyone needs to see this picture of a …reindeer…in a boat….

Five Year Old: ….with a sail.

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Sounds about right, don’t you think (especially to those of us who’ve lived through five-year-olds).  Eerily accurate from God’s perspective too, if I may venture.  But I was thinking as I’m reading this, “what would another five-year-old think of the picture?” After all, that’s their peers, their brothers, their “audience”.   So I made up my own metaphor to illustrate: Continue reading What OTHERS think of the Theology Books We Write {with thanks to T.E. Hanna & Peter Enns}

Serving Your Judas

Ahh, there’s nothing like a good *smack* of reality upside the head to wake you up in the morning!

So . . . I was talking to a friend of mine over coffee this morning.  Venting actually.  About a relationship my wife and I are struggling with.  Someone we know, work with on occasion and see every so often at similar social circles.

You could call it . . . adversarial.  It’s hard to find common ground with these people.  They seem so . . . negative.  So . . . combative & confrontational.

I mean, it’s not us, my wife and I are sweet as pie! (insert big, cheeky grin here)  So, it’s got to be them.  Why do they make it sssooooo hhaaaaarrdd??

Anyway, so I’m venting . . .

My friend listens calmly, nods politely (he’s that kinda guy . . . yup, same guy from the “Church” post), then says, “You know . . .    Jesus, on the last night he was with his disciples–the night of the passover meal–washed all of their feet.  Including Judas.  Knowing full well he was going to be betrayed.  By the man sitting right there in front of him, holding out his foot.”

“What do you think?  You think their might have been a little desire to twist an ankle?  Maybe just a little?  Possibly scrub just a liiiitttlle harder than he needed to?”

“But, he served.  Right to the end.”

*SMACK* Continue reading Serving Your Judas