Mark 9:2-13 is the story of the Transfiguration. Here are some thoughts from a little bit of study and my own notes mixed in:
There are three pictures burned into my mind and spirit now. Three moments. Three children.
“Unlike American Christianity, the Bible is not individualistic, but thoroughly social in its orientation. When the Church groans with Isaiah, ‘Thou hast hid they face far from us,’ it speaks as a corporate body with a common lot. If one suffers, all suffer.” — Fleming Rutledge, Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Christ
Reading for today: Psalm 31, 35 Exodus 4:10-31 1 Cor. 14:1-19 Mark 9:30-49 Death and suffering aren’t “fun” to deal with in our lives, but deal with them we must.
Romans 8:18 (Common English Bible) I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us.
“2017.05.28 – Thoughts on Suffering featuring Pastor Rachel Ling” A sermon from Heights Church. More information at HeightsChurchMN.org Subscribe in an RSS reader or on iTunes
This is not a call to embrace suffering, either. It’s not to dwell in the fatalism. It is to immerse the suffering in God.
When I was in Ethiopia teaching Wisdom Literature, we spent a lot of time in Job. I asked the class one day, “What have you learned from Job, or learned from suffering?” One student answered: “Suffering is an opportunity to upgrade my faith.” I learn far more teaching in Ethiopia than I can give out.Continue reading “The lesson of suffering”
When will my heart be stirred enough?
I will never have the whole Middle East thing figured out. (That will disappoint many conservative friends… and that’s just the way it is.) My heart breaks with the news I hear, the posts I read from missionaries, the posts I read from the churches in those areas. Rather than identify with those suffering, weContinue reading “Learning to weep with those weep”