Thursday, September 09, 2010

Odds & Ends

  • Blue skies and warmer weather, just in time for this evening's "Pizza Picnic" at our school. (And yes, it's probably just a coincidence -- but I'm still grateful.)
  • I'm preaching this week on James 2. Reading the text, it struck me how closely "the rich" of his day resembled the organized crime bosses of today. Like them, "the rich" were wealthy, powerful, and violent -- this was a time, remember, when landowners used hit men to keep peasants in line. In short, it's no wonder believers fawned over "the rich" when they visited church; if John Gotti had shown up for a potluck, then we'd probably have done the same.
  • In last week's Sabbath School lesson on Romans 9, Paul stressed God's control -- so much so, that you might think he believed in double-predestination (i.e. God chooses who will be saved and lost). Now in Romans 10, Paul emphasizes our responsibility; far from being puppets, we can choose our destiny. And while it may seem strange that Paul believes in God's sovereignty and our free will, most of us do the same. Looking back, after all, we have a sense of being led; looking around, we realize that we have choices to make. 
  • Pacific Press says my Quickstart Guide to the Bible is now out of print -- but if the past is any guide, about 50-100 copies get bought every year for pastor's classes, college classes, and the like. Question: with this kind of market, is it worth self-publishing my book?
O it is a living, busy, active thing, this faith. It is impossible for it not to be doing good things incessantly. It does not ask whether good works are to be done, but before the question is asked, it has already done this, and is constantly doing them.
Whoever does not do such works, however, is an unbeliever. He gropes and looks around for faith and good works, but knows neither what faith is nor what good works are. Yet he talks and talks, with many words, about faith and good works.

    1 comment:

    Lease Audits said...

    Thank you for imparting more of your own thoughts.