More assorted thoughts
This is a continuation of some of the ideas presented at the School of Theology my wife and I attended.
- The bottom is the first place that many find a place to stand.
- Nothing can separate us from the love of God. We imagine that there are things and circumstances and sin that separate us from the love of God. But those are just imaginations. They aren’t true.
- When you see the Father, Son and Spirit interact with each other in deep love, you are seeing the deepest essence of who God is. There is no hidden agenda or attribute of God lurking behind the surface or in the shadows.
- The three exegetical rules that govern many of us in the ministry are: 1) Job security, 2) Peer recognition, and 3) Homeostasis.
- If we really know the character of the Father, then we will run to Him with open arms and beg him, “Please judge me to the core.” The fire is for us, not against us.
- We often look for leaders who are good at being on the platform, while Jesus asks us to be at the table.
- If you don’t trust God, you have to trust systems.
- Are you smoking the brand you’re selling?
- I don’t care if those “outside” the faith hate us. I care that they know we love them.
- When we are suffering we find creativity. Creative suffering happens when we look for God in the midst of suffering. This is our push-back.
- We need to move beyond inquisition to inquisitiveness.
- On the road to Emmaus, the disciples didn’t recognize Jesus and know he was the Messiah until Jesus broke bread with them. This speaks to the importance of an apologetics of relationship.
It was truly a rich week.