...thoughts expressed here are not necessarily final.
August 10, 2004 Big Traffic Boondoggles
It took me two hours to make the twenty minute commute this morning due to an ethanol tanker spill in I-270. I turned north to go around the stoppage and encountered a worse mess in Alton since the police there did nothing to stop the bottleneck at the bridge. The traffic lights were going through their normal cycles, with an eight mile backup on one side and no traffic on the three other sides of the intersection. All it would have taken was a traffic cop to turn off the lights and let the line proceed smoothly, but apparently no one thought of it or perhaps they just didn't care.
One way to kill an organization is for everyone to do JUST what they are told.
Everyone is getting back in pocket after vacations. I didn't get one again this year- maybe in September. Glad the boss is back, doing double and sometimes triple duty during these past weeks has been a real drain.
We are going to meet later today on getting back into Seminary- hopefully this time will be better than in the past. I was knocked down and out by continued problems with kidney stones and no insurance the first time, and the second time we went to Dallas and out support systems failed. Then on our third try it became apparent that the divide between God's call and what they had to provide was too broad a chasm to negotiate. Part of this was a case of theological distinctives, partly a thread of hypercalvinism and all too obvious gap between grace and arrogance. It seems we can do no other but to try again, however.
The Back Door?
August 11, 2004 Unlived Truth
Yep- I can USUALLY see ways for others to adjust
their behaviors. I can SOMETIMES see ways for me to change mine. My downfalls
usually come in the arena of unlived truth- all that stuff I think I know
but that tends to remain in my cerebral cortex and never sinks down into
my spirit. The Spirit is the breath of life and if I am not LIVING by
Spirit and Truth together I fall short on life in much the same way that
untrue worshippers fall short on worship.
That reminds me, have you heard the most recent
Promise Keepers ads?
?????My question for the week:
Do you think Jeremiah 17:9 applies to one indwelt by the Spirit of Truth?
John Eldredge contends in the latest Christianity Today that it does not.
As my friend Larry eloquently contends, "Absolutely. Like the law, directed at unbelievers, applicable to believers. Yet unbelievers cannot know it until grace and belief dawns, only believers can truly know it in spades. "
I do believe that the "who can know it?" part Jeremiah 17:9 finds an answer in this: You can know your own motivations inexact proportion to the degree that you are being Spirit filled and find your heart beating after God's own heart. The Spirit convicts and informs our consciences, but only if we are being living sacrifices and seeing our minds renewed.
A know a woman who is reading Eldredge to try to come to grips with her macho husband. Too much of his behavior is due to immaturity and jealousy, not being a man. Being God's man has everything to do with overcoming and obedience, not testosterone.
Common sense and Common grace
Speaking of "deceitfully wicked" check this one out. Four members of a family have been arrested and charged with murder for allegedly killing and eating a relative during a wedding reception -- and serving his flesh to unwitting party guests, police have said.
Check out Low Morale.. where "any correlation between events shown and real-life have been personally researched."
And you shall be as one flesh
A German prisoner in Madrid and his girlfriend glued
their hands together during a jail visit in an attempt to fight the
man's possible extradition to Germany, judicial sources said on Thursday.
Saw these on Bloggedyblog
and went back and read them in the Post Dispatch.
The Gospel according to Spidey
Time Magazine's online article..."Film, especially for those under 35, is the medium through which we get our primary stories, our myths, our read on reality," says Robert K. Johnston, professor of theology and culture at the Fuller Theological Seminary"
And here is Time's Holy-Wood Or Bust- Is there a Christian subtext in all films? Maybe not, but God crops up in some unusual places. Thisarticle is about the Christian community's propensity to read into pop culture meanings that were not intended by the author. We don't like it when people monkey with OUR metanarratives.
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