Thursday, September 02, 2010

Odds & Ends

  • Blue skies and a warm breeze, but just offshore is a bank of clouds that will surely come this way. And yes, that describes both the weather and my ministry just now.
  • Paul believes in free will -- but in Romans 9, he focuses on God's free will, and not our own. So how will your Sabbath School class find a way to reconcile God's ability to act with our ability to respond? When you pray for somebody to be converted, in other words, just what are you expecting God to do?
  • I was expecting Ruth Downie's Persona Non Grata to be a great detective story; it's the third in her series about Gaius Ruso -- a Roman army doctor c. AD 118. But who knew it would give such an accurate (and moving) picture of early Christianity?
  • My wife has been visiting her parents in Australia; meanwhile, the lunches around here have pretty much consisted of "stuff over rice." My favorite "stuff" so far: Cuban-style black beans with banana chips.
  • And I'll close with this quote from Karl Barth: "Faith is not only God's gift, but God's assignment."  

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