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:Continue reading “We have to carry the glory and the suffering of Christ together”
There are three pictures burned into my mind and spirit now. Three moments. Three children.Continue reading “There are times our spirits should be crushed”
“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
1 Cor. 14:1-19
Death and suffering aren’t “fun” to deal with in our lives, but deal with them we must. Continue reading “We don’t do good with death”
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. Continue reading “Empowered by the Spirit… and groaning”
Well worth your time and a slow read: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. He takes the psalms of ascents and puts them into everyday practical language to discuss discipleship for the believer. From Psalm 130, some thoughts: Continue reading “Nobody knows the trouble…”
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.
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, we are far too quick to pick sides and thump our political or theological chests to declare who is REALLY right.
I came across a poem today from one who has worked in Gaza and it is becoming my prayer. The post is worth reading as well.