Cooks in kitchens all across America will find themselves gathering all of the ingredients necessary for their favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes. Many will rely upon the traditional recipes handed down for generations. The biggest challenge is not to forget a key ingredient for that favorite dish. A missing ingredient determines whether diners consume the dish or you place it in the leftover container.
We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
The Problem of Pain
The Dark Night of the Soul
Yet you have broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with the shadow of death (Psalm 44:19).
October 25, 2016
God hath made us for Himself.
Last night, October 17, 2016, I had the privilege of hearing the noted historian, George Marsden, lecture at Palm Beach Atlantic University on the topic titled, “The Genius of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.”
The lecture was based on part of Marsden’s book, C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: a Biography which was published earlier this year. Doing a biography of a book is an interesting approach. But books like Mere Christianity have had a life all to themselves. So it was a very appropriate approach.
The Scripture is both a glass to show your spots, and a laver to wash them away.
How do you respond when you have a fine Sunday dinner waiting on you, and the preacher has gone into overtime? This Lyle Lovett song tackles this issue with a jazzy, humorous solution.
My favorite line,
If a preacher preaches long enough, even he’ll get hungry, too.
WARNING! – This video may make you turn up the volume and your toe may begin tapping.
We can easily slide into becoming overly comfortable with God. We begin to slip. We trifle with him. We take him for granted. Our Father who art in heaven, yada, yada.
Good & Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness (Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2016)