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.

6 thoughts on “Random Thoughts for Thursday

  1. Mark Vruggink September 5, 2013 / 7:38 am

    Thanks Matt!

  2. Richard September 5, 2013 / 7:49 am

    Amen, Matt! Why is it that we think we need to have an opinion on every cotton-picking thing in the news? These are pseudo-events in any case.

  3. Adam Shields September 5, 2013 / 11:05 am

    I read in one of Jerry Bridge’s books that we should all just stop listening to the news. He suggested that if something is important, people will tell us. I haven’t stopped all news, but I no longer watch any tv news, I no longer read a news paper and I have limited my internet news significantly.

    I know some will say I am hiding from the world. But the reality is that the world happens without me. I no more change world events than my cheering from home changes whether a ball is hit by an MLB player.

    I know what is important, but I am not nearly as distracted by the little things as I used to be

  4. Dan from Georgia September 6, 2013 / 5:41 pm

    You said “The evangelical church – conservative and liberal – will comment on every pop culture event the news tells us is significant..” Funny how when I go on ChristianityToday.com, any article about sex, breasts, Miley Cyrus, etc, garners dozens of comments. When there is an article on the rape culture, you get 2 comments.

  5. Jennie September 17, 2013 / 10:06 am

    Thank you for saying something about the zombies. I have often commented to my boys, “why does every game and movie and TV show have zombies in it?” They can’t give me a good reason. A few years ago it was vampires. They were in Adult and teen fiction, movies, tv series, and again video games.

    What I have also harped to my boys about is “Why can’t we think up any new villains?” The same old villains keep getting recycled.
    To me this is the bigger issue…no creativity or imagination.

    Lazy…? To easily satisfied…??

  6. thebreakfastdictator October 13, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    I used to live in Philly. Zombies were really common there. At one of the bigger music venues in the city, they’d have a Zombie Prom every halloween. One year, one of my friends was zombie prom queen. She was very happy to be named so. I don’t get it. Not one bit. I’m just as mystified, though, some have pointed out that that one zombie movie from the late 70s or early 80s, the one that was filmed in Pittsburgh, was what prompted this cultural phenomenon. I don’t know if that’s true or not…

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