Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category

Loaves, Fish, and Un-Self-Conscious Little Boys

A long time ago, Jesus said that if we want to come into the kingdom of God, we must become like little children (Mark 10:15). As a dad of three young kids, this stirs my soul. When I look at them and see the way they see the world, I get a sense of longing [...]

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The Glorious Freedom of Mattering… and Not Mattering

Sometimes I feel very, very small. I feel small when the tasks of the day – even simple tasks – seem to dwarf me when I consider the amount of patience, intelligence, or perseverance they will require. Or when I am able to pry my eyes off myself for a bit and gaze at the [...]

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The One Phrase That is Helping Me Embrace the Cost of Relationships

Every relationship you’re in is going to cost you something. If you’re a parent, you know it’s true – your relationship with your children is going to cost you some patience, some frustration, or some preference. That’s why we eat at Taco Bell – it’s not because the fare is delectable; it’s because that’s where [...]

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Don’t Let Your “What” Outpace Your “Why”

Once upon a time, I ran a few marathons. Now in case you’ve never made the decision to put yourself through a 26.2 mile race, let me sum up the experience for you: A marathon is when you pay money to feel terrible. And I felt terrible. About mile 20, I felt like my internal [...]

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A Conversation with My Soul

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (Psalm 42:5). Good morning, soul. It’s another day that the Lord has made. — What’s that? Why am I talking to you? You know as [...]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Teaches Us What Ecclesiastes Teaches Us

Take a look at this video. The voice is the truly fine actor, now deceased, Philip Seymour Hoffman. The first few lines of the video are his reflections about pleasure. He notes: “Pleasure is not happiness, because I kill pleasure. I take too much of it and make it unpleasurable. There is no pleasure that [...]

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What is Hell?

I think the most profound part of this video is hearing this saint acknowledge that hell is difficult to talk about because any words we find will pale in comparison to the reality. Terrible is the place where we must tread lightly even in its description: (HT:JT)

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Don’t Mistake Patience for Apathy

“Patience is also a form of action.” ~ Auguste Rodin There is a great difference between patience and apathy, though they might look similar to one another. There’s a story that you might have heard before. It’s about a father with a rebellious son. The son asks for his inheritance early, and the father obliges, [...]

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Lighten Up, Christians

A great reflection here from N.D. Wilson: A dolphin flipping through the sun beyond the surf, a falcon in a dive, a mutt in the back of a truck, flying his tongue like a flag of joy, all reflect the Maker more wholly than many of our endorsed thinkers, theologians, and churchgoers. Look over our [...]

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The Allure of Middle Earth

From Desiring God: More than seventy-five years after J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, the glory and majesty of Middle-earth continues to draw millions of readers, and more recently, moviegoers. This week, theaters prepare for Friday’s opening of the acclaimed new movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Partly, Tolkien’s enduring popularity can be explained by [...]

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