Archive for May, 2020

Random Thoughts

I’ve just started reading Erik Larson’s book The Splendid and the Vile. It’s the story of Winston Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister of Great Britain (May 10, 1940 to May 10, 1941). This period of time included the Dunkirk rescue and The Blitz – the nightly German bombing raids on London. Larson normally writes historical fiction, but this is straight non-fiction. This will be the first book of Larson’s I’ve read.

If I never hear the term “social distancing” ever again, it will be too soon.

“Everywhere you go, there you are.” We take our worldview with us wherever we go. We take our past, our particular baggage, our opinions, our attitudes, and the way we look at everything with us. A Christian is a Christian in a pandemic or in peacetime; in Beaverton, New York, or North Platte, Nebraska. It’s impossible to be a Christian at home, but not one at work. We take ourselves with us wherever we go.

Dustin Benge wrote this on Twitter:

We’ve created a 21st century fabrication of God.

A god who is wringing his hands.

A god who is powerless to intervene.

A god who has no wrath.

A god who can be manipulated.

Refuse to preach this god!

I guarantee that every (well, at least 99.999999%) pastor has felt this way. Read Lee Eclov’s article, then pray for your pastor.

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Tozer on God

A.W. Tozer begins his book The Knowledge of the Holy by saying,

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

He ends the first chapter by saying,

The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him–or of her. In all her prayers and labors this should have first place. We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past. This will prove of greater value to them than anything that art or science can devise.

(The Knowledge of the Holy, pp. 1, 4)

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Beware of manufacturing your own god: who is all mercy but not just; all love but not holy; has a heaven for everybody but a hell for none; makes no distinction between good and evil.

He is not the God of the Bible. Beside the God of the Bible there is no God at all.

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