It’s Sunday night, it’s the end of Holy Week, I’m sick of studying. All great reasons to start something which I hope will keep me on my blog even when I don’t have time to develop the list of actual entries I want to write– a weekly roundup of thought-provoking, funny, or interesting snippets from my “real life” and my just as real online life. Here goes!
Christianity is not just an optimistic pile of stories, but a power that emerges. (Pastor Um, Citylife Easter sermon)
Two, on the death of Christ, from a random sermon I found online which also quotes Tim Keller:
Many people claim to have a relationship with God, but deny that Jesus died on a cross as a ransom for sin. They argue, ’My God is too loving to pour out infinite suffering on anyone for sin.’ But then a question remains: ’What did it cost this kind of God to love and embrace us? What did he endure to receive us? Where are his nails and thorns?’ A typical answer is: ’I don’t think that was necessary.’
“How ironic”, writes pastor and theologian Tim Keller. “In our effort to make God more loving, we have made God less loving. His love, in the end, needed to take no action. It was sentimentality, not love. The worship of a God like this will be impersonal, cognitive, ethical. There will be no joyful self-abandonment, no humble boldness, no constant sense of wonder. We would not sing to such a being: ’Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’
Three, on the appearance of Jesus after the resurrection:
“On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the ﬁrst day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.” (G.K. Chesterton, emphasis added, Citylife Bulletin)
Four, a dialog before prayer:
L: Can we pray that you can move back? You know, next year if AmazonFresh comes to Boston…so that we can be reunited again?
B: I have a better idea.
L about to say– Ok blah blah blah, yes we should pray for his will to be done, but we can still ask for what we want…
B: Why don’t we pray that whatever happens, our hearts will be willing to accept it? L: Oh. Okay.
Sometimes our hearts require so much more prayer than our external circumstances.