His fiancée was pregnant and it wasn’t his doing. We can see how much this must have hurt him when we understand that, though he had every right to have Mary stoned to death, he opted to divorce her quietly and out of public view. He loved Mary. To see her pregnant by someone else … Continue reading Joseph’s obedience
The opposite of “meaning” is not “untruth”. The opposite of “meaning” is “nonsense” also known in some circles as nonsensical, gibberish, baloney or gobblygook. In other words the opposite of “meaning” or “meaningful” is that which has no clear meaning. Meaning is the pre-condition for both truth and falseness. In other words, if there was … Continue reading Meaning and Understanding (Part 2 of “IMUD” Series)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, And order all things far and nigh. To us the path of knowledge show, And cause us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to Thee, O Israel! Words: Latin Hymn, translated by Henry S. Coffin, 1916 Music: Plainsong, adapted by … Continue reading O Come, O come, Emmanuel
C.S. Lewis’ book entitled Abolition of Man gives us some important thoughts on the meaning of “meaning.” Three key points include: 1—Meaning is not to be found only in ones inner perception of a thing. 2—Another person’s interpretation of my perception of a thing very much depends, to use another phrase from another of Lewis’ … Continue reading Where is meaning found? (Part 1 of “IMUD” Series)
Isaiah 43:19 has long been a favorite verse of mind, reminding me that God is at work. Not only that, but he is at work in places where there are no signs of him. He doesn’t just hang out in church buildings. The “Lord’s House” is not necessarily the place where he hangs out, it … Continue reading Isaiah’s Wasteland…
Dangers of literal interpretation of Scripture — Part One I’ve been reading through the Psalms and enjoying it greatly. What a great, rich diversity of thoughts and expressions! Yesterday I came to Psalm 91, which is a great Psalm and one that I shared with the entire family in the aftermath of our home invasion … Continue reading Under His Wings
Thoughts on Philippians 4:13 You be anything you want to be. You can do anything you want to do. FALSE! When I was coaching 9th grade basketball I had a kid on my team—Bobby*— that proved a person CANNOT be anything they want to be. Some people just don’t have the physical ability to be … Continue reading I can do anything?
Chapter 5 of Matthew Gospel has a title that usually says something like “Sermon on the Mount” or something similar. Whether we see it primarily as preaching or teaching or just Jesus spontaneously sharing wisdom one things is clear–this was heavy stuff! This was not a feel-good , follow-me-and-everything-will-be-great message. There was no hint of … Continue reading Being blessed
Chapter 5 of Matthew Gospel has a title that usually says something like “Sermon on the Mount” or something similar. Whether we see it primarily as preaching or teaching or just Jesus spontaneously sharing wisdom one things is clear–this was heavy stuff! This was not a feel-good , follow-me-and-everything-will-be-great message. There was no hint of … Continue reading Am I blessed?