Scariest verse from my reading this morning: “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matt. 22:29) Continue reading “Keep it simple”
Reading for today:
Ps. 30, 32, 42, 43
John 17:20-26 Continue reading “The withdrawing hand of God”
Reflections the day after another school shooting.
We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our biggest question then becomes, “Well, what do you mean by ‘love’?” Continue reading “The impossible task of defining “love””
“… I would argue that the instruction to love enemies is ‘the very genius of Christianity.’ And this ‘genius’ command mandates nothing less than that we are to demonstrate to all people the kind of love God demonstrated toward us while we were yet enemies (Rom. 5:10; Eph. 5:1-2). This is precisely why, after defining the kind of love that characterizes God by pointing us to Jesus’s death on the cross, John immediately adds: ‘And we ought to lay down our lives for one another’ (1 John 3:16, italics added).” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God
The discovery of the Creator is not only the belief in the First Cause… It is also — and first and foremost — the discovery of love. To create means not only to reveal power, omnipotence that surpasses all, but also it means: to give being, existence and goodness, therefore — to love! — Pope John Paul II, In God’s Hands: The Spiritual Diaries of Pope Saint John Paul II.
“Love is not merely affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” (CS Lewis)