Thursday’s Random Thoughts

The way you’re talking about your beard sounds like a teenage girl talking about her hair.

The Bible is probably more gracious than we are.

I’d rather eat my wife’s cooking than any restaurant’s.

Guys, if you’re apt to quote Dumb and Dumber, you don’t get the moral or intellectual high ground in discussing what books women are reading.

I know it looks like I haven’t written anything substantive for the blog lately. But I have. Some posts take longer than others and this one, well, is taking a while.

Everyone walks around as if Dylan never wrote “When I Paint My Masterpiece” or “Tomorrow Is A Long Time .” Or “Chimes of Freedom.”

It is no wonder that in an entertainment driven culture our churches would naturally veer in that direction. We are a people of spectacle. And the poets are behind the times.

Raccoons venture onto our back patio a couple times a week and I’m starting to get attached.

Someone has suggested that I put my writing and teaching skills together and teach young people about writing. How would I go about that? Did I mention that I made a ‘C’ in Creative Writing in college?

The New Testament was written in the context of intense adversity. It will be the most meaningful when your context is adverse.

I wish I could be entirely honest with an employer and tell them I want honest work and the gift of not hating Sundays because of what follows.

Killed a hipster last night by eating at Olive Garden.

Jesus comforted his audience with the goodness of even the smallest amount of faith.

When the good news is the only good news you are hearing, then it is very good indeed.

Random Thoughts for Thursday

The Psalms only make sense when you have actually walked in the valley of the shadow of death and all his friends.

I used to think I was not great at sharing but I wonder because now my wife and daughter have the same cold I had last week.

Am I the only one who thinks, in a world of celebrity and entertainment overload, it may not be a good idea for a pastor and his wife to do a reality show?

Each week I turn to my wife on Sunday afternoon and tell her how thankful I am for our church.

Above my desk at work is a numbered Sokol print, warped by time and lack of care. It is used as filigree. No one at work understands how horrible this is.

When I was young I tried, in my zeal, to convince others of the sovereignty of God. As I age, in my need for hope in suffering, I have to convince myself.

My wife is the best part of my day.

The corporate world will trend toward a Machiavellian position of strength.

Self-tying ties. Scientists need to get on that.

My daughter is carrying on the tradition of Redmond poetry.

Help from Luther for those with the Sunday Night Blues

Sundays are hard for me these days. They are the day before I go back to a week of my job. This morning I awoke and the following was the first thing I read. Every word hit the mark. I have gone back to it throughout the day and will return to it most likely in the watches of the night. May it be as much help for you as it has been for me.

Call on the Lord

In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.
– Psalm 118:5

You must learn to call on the Lord. Don’t sit all alone or lie on the couch, shaking your head and letting your thoughts torture you. Don’t worry about how to get out of your situation or brood about your terrible life, how miserable you feel, and what a bad person you are. Instead, say, “Get a grip on yourself, you lazy bum! Fall on your knees, and raise your hands and eyes toward heaven. Read a psalm. Say the Lord’s Prayer, and tearfully tell God what you need.” This passage teaches us to call on him. Similarly, David said, “I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble” (Psalm 142:2). God wants you to tell him your troubles. He doesn’t want you to keep them to yourself. He doesn’t want you to struggle with them all alone and torture yourself. Doing this will only multiply your troubles.

God knows you will be too weak to overcome your troubles by yourself. He wants you to grow strong in him. Then he will be the one who receives the glory. Out of difficult experiences emerge true Christians. Without troubles, people talk a lot about faith and the Spirit but don’t really know what these things are or what they’re saying.

You must never doubt that God knows your troubles and hears your prayers. You must not pray haphazardly or pray as if you’re shouting into the wind. This mocks prayer and tests God. In this case, it would be better not to pray at all. You must learn to appreciate the part of the passage that says, “He answered by setting me free.” The psalmist acknowledged that the Lord heard him and released him from his troubles.

From Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional by Martin Luther, James C. Galvin. ©2005 by Zondervan. All rights reserved. No part may be reproduced without written permission from Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49530. Sent from the Martin Luther’s Faith Alone Devotional. For devotionals like this one for your iPhone, visit us at 43rdElement.com

Random Thoughts for Thursday

Increasingly I am of the liberating opinion I do not need to form an opinion on every news event.

The progressive Christian movement sees sin and error everywhere in the church, except for in themselves. It is a movement that can produce polemics but no prayer books.

I think if faced with my own death I would find it relatively easy to be comforted by the gospel of grace – salvation in the work of Jesus, it is in life where I find it hard and I fail to rest in Him and His work.

For all my love of poetry and song, I’m just now appreciating the Psalms. And I wonder if David’s brutal honesty ever caused any awkwardness for the people.

Reminder: Every pastor who is preaching against the American Dream has already achieved it. And none of them have taken up my offer to switch salaries for a year.

One of the things I’ve learned as I’ve worked in the business world for two years is that people latch onto how-to lessons well but behind that and underneath that is a longing for grace and acceptance and love.

Are my wife and I the only ones who are frustrated and mystified with the prevalence of zombie-themed everything in our culture? And among Christians also?

I find it harder to weed out the self-righteousness within my heart than any other sin. The roots are deeper.

It is easier to believe “reason is the devil’s whore” in the belly of a whale.

The evangelical church – conservative and liberal – will comment on every pop culture event the news tells us is significant. I don’t know why this bothers me as much as it does. Tail wagging the dog?

You know your not enjoying your job when the line at DMV is something to look forward to.

Grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.