Friday, January 10, 2003

I was challenged the other day (by The Godbearing Life--see What I'm Reading for details) to nail down the big rocks of faith. The image is this: you have three piles--rocks, gravel, and sand--and a container to fill. If you put the sand or gravel in first, you have no room for the big rocks. On the other hand, if you put in the big rocks, then the gravel, and then the sand, it will all fit. So, what are the big rocks of faith--what four of five crucial things do I want to pass on to my students? Here's what I have so far:

The Bible can be trusted to tell us the truth.
It really is all about God.
Humans are both totally messed up and incredibly glorious.

Still working on big rocks about church, salvation, and stuff I haven't thought of yet.

Any ideas?

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

SoCal has been very windy today. This in and of itself is of no real consequence--unless, like my friend CC, you had your fence knocked down. It was actually something in chapel today that started me thinking about it. Someone mentioned how great it was that the air was scrubbed clean. Then I heard about CC's fence, and remembered something else the speaker said in chapel. Sometimes God's grace is gentle and winsome--you know the kindness that draws us to repentance. Other times God's grace is like the guy chasing the ball carrier to the endzone--it tackles you and slams your face into the muddy grass. Kinda like the wind. The wind cleans the air, it cools or warms, it makes the trees dance... but the wind also knocks down fences and power lines, and rips roofs right off of houses.

Makes me wonder what Jesus meant when he said that those who are born of the Spirit ('wind in both Hebrew and Greek) are like the wind. Also gives reason to ponder on what the Spirit is like.

Monday, January 06, 2003

Well, I'm back. So much for getting out before the sun. Wouldn't you know it--the night before the first day back at work after the holiday and I am blessed with an awesome bout of insomnia. Maybe tomorrow.

Sunday, January 05, 2003

Well, it has finally come. Tomorrow is the day when I leave the house to catch a bus before the sun shows its bright yellow face to the world. I'm kinda ready...