When the course of my life is run and I am tied to a stake or lying beneath my final shroud, it will be among my sweetest consolations to be able to say that I knew the man who wrote these words:
It seems to me that the key to understanding reality and our relation to it is contained in the wonderful story of Adam, Eve, and the Serpent.
The trouble with legalism is that it is fear based and fails to realize that all things are ours in Christ. Man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man.
The trouble with anti-nomialism (prodigality) is that it fails to see that the law of God is the way of life.
I am always inclined toward both because I am always forgetting that I am the Temple of the Living God.
A. W. Tozer once wrote:
Deep inside every man there is a private inner sanctum where dwells the mysterious essence of his being....
The global village has brought Mexicans, Chinese, Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans together in a way we haven't seen since the fall of the Roman Empire. Some folks think rather glibly about the promises and perils of this development. A few classes here and there, a multi-cultural emphasis in the classroom and everything will be fine.
We do well, it seems to me, to distinguish Greek education from Roman. The Roman's were masters at making things last (like, for example, their empire). They weren't necessarily very good at making things good. The Greeks were not so good at making things last, though this problem can be exagerrated since the pragmatic Roman republic put an end to their independence after about 500 years, depending on how you look at it.
Start by asking them if they know of any situations where they have been or have seen people afraid to act because they don’t know who is on their side and who is against them. Obviuosly you’ll want to simplify and you may want to begin with stories they’ve read (say, David in the Bible).
Yesterday launched the greatest week in human history. It was Palm Sunday and the children lined the streets with their palm branches and people sang, "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord," while our Lord passed between them.
This is the week He is glorified.
This is the week He conquers death.
This is the week He enters the Holy of Holies and sprinkles His own blood on the heavenly altar.
I don't like to travel without an interesting compelling time-filling book, and I'm driving up to PA tomorrow in what is still called a car because that is what the people over at Hertz call it - a bright cool air-conditioned chamber with the windows all closed because as a man I realize that hot air prevents coolness from spreading and the open window will let more heat than cool in - so I was glancing over my office qua study bookcase covered with