I have been updating our new Facebook account over the last few weeks. It is interesting to share what is going on in the world around us. As you read how the Church intersects culture on different fronts, you sometimes can’t help but get drawn into the apparent gloom and despair that seems to be rampant. There is much to despair over.
Several years ago Joshua Press released the biogrpahy of Don Heron entitled U-Turn in the Fast Lane. Don’s testifies that while he started life well, in a Christian home, by a father who himself was a minister of the Gospel, he like the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 fell into a life that was at total odds to his routes and upbringing. Don eventually found himself involved with one of the largest auto theft syndicates in Canada while at the same serving as a crime prevention officer. This is an amazing story of Grace, Mercy and Redemption.
Happy Birthday to our Friends in Canada and the United States
Back in the Neolithic era of the 70’s, I did some undergraduate studies at York University and was then introduced to a landmark study by Dr. Philip Zimbardo. Limbardo studied the behavior of inmates and jail guards in the now famous Stanford Prison Experiment and convincingly made the case that very nature of prisons and “total institutions” adversely affected the behavior of otherwise normal and healthy people. The results were quite shocking to say the least.
The new Stephen Spielberg film War Horse based on the Michael Morpurgo book about a horse that serves in the Great War of 1914-18 is a very moving film and many of its scenes are full of human emotion. One of the most striking scenes occurs when the real owner of the horse, a young man called Albert Narracott, is reunited with the animal, who he calls Joey. This happens while they are just behind the front lines of the Battle of the Somme at a field hospital. The military doctor in charge has ordered a sergeant to shoot the injured horse.
Proverbs 3:9–10 says, “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”
The word “honor” here translates from a Hebrew word which means “to be heavy, to have weight.” The idea is that when a person has honor or authority he is said to “carry weight” in the community. The command in this verse is that we are to demonstrate that God has “weight” in our lives. We are to honor Him and show that we prize him and value Him above all else.
My good friend and fellow blogger, Fred Zaspel, posted the following quote which he attributes to a fellow Canadian, Dr. D.A. Carson, on his Facebook page today. It deserves self examination in light of Scripture and in many cases (myself included) downright repentance.
In the weeks and months ahead, Lord willing, I would like for us to think together about the letter that the apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians.
I am struck by two recurring concerns in this letter. The first is the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things. We are, I trust, familiar with the stirring words of Col 1:15-20. Jesus is “the image of the invisible God.” As the creator of the world, he is supreme over the works of his hands. As the redeemer of his people, he was raised from the dead “that in everything he might be preeminent.” Paul can summarize the Christian life in this way – “as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith…” What does this look like in daily life? “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Paul cannot think about marriage, parenting, or work without putting them under the Lordship of Christ (Col 3:18-4:1).
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4).
Heinz Dschankilic and Michael Haykin look at the value of reading widely, selectively and reading often.