Category: The Gospel and the Ministry

Serving – A Trinitarian Reflection

Humans are only personal because God is personal. Not only does He create us to have a relationship with him (otherwise how can it be a relationship), but in Genesis 2 God shows Adam how he can have one with other humans, namely his new wife Eve. In Genesis 2:24, God tells Adam and Eve just how deep this relationship between them should go, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” However God is capable of having far deeper and more meaningful relationships that we cannot even begin to fathom. As Louis Berkhof states, “The original form of personality is not in man but in God…, what appears as imperfect in man exists in infinite proportion in God.”[i] No matter how hard I try, I could never know anyone as intimately and completely as God could – just read Psalm 139. In addition to fellowship with God, we also come into union with God’s people. Christ brought us not only individually to him but he also created a people – bound together through his blood, see Eph 2:18-22. Our new fellowship and relationship with God’s people serves as the basis for relationships with others, especially other Christians – since we are one body together. Pastor John Stott writes, “Thus the very purpose of his...

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Henry Hudson – Epic Fail

  Henry Hudson’s life was consumed by his fanatical obsession with finding a northern water route to the Pacific. During his four voyages for both England and Holland, he searched in vain for the elusive Northwest Passage. However, Henry Hudson never realized his goal – ice, harsh conditions, or landmasses impeded him each time. The crew of the ship Discovery finally had enough after Hudson insisted on continuing the search despite a year of exploration with nothing to show for it but frostbite. Low on food and morale, the crew mutinied against Hudson, on July 22, 1611. Henry along with his son and eight others were abandoned in a small rowboat in the middle of on Arctic sea (now modern day Canada). The explorer’s feelings, as he watched his ship the Discovery sail away without him, are lost to history because that day was also last he was seen alive. Henry Hudson and his castaways have never been found or accounted for. The sea where he was vanished now bears his name, Hudson Bay. Despite having inexhaustible passion and drive to discover the Northwest Passage, Hudson was never equipped to make it a reality. He did not have the latest GPS system or detailed maps. He did not own Gortex jackets and subzero equipment.  His wooden ship could not break through the ice pack. He was ill-equipped to accomplish the task he...

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Humble People; Noble Deeds

Several years ago, I had made a rare decision: I went to a gym. I hadn’t been in a real gym before (most of my limited physical activity revolved around swimming and tennis), but I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Upon entering the gym I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I just found someone who looked like he actually knew what he was doing. When he was finished with the machine he asked me, “What weight level do you want?” Out of pure ignorance – and not wanting to look like a total wimp – I said, “The one you have is just fine.” I found myself shoulder pressing 200 lbs; I hadn’t lifted 200 lbs combined in the last year, let alone at once. For the entire hour I was there, I went from machine to machine lifting the weights without a clue as to what I was doing. “Oh my Lord I can’t move my Arms, I can’t move my arms!” I shouted these words as I lay in bed, trying to move my numbed arms. Several previous attempts at sitting up without the use of my arms had failed miserably. I wound up flopping helplessly back down on the bed each time. Attempting to motivate my useless arms, I first yelled various encouragements and then moved on to direct threats....

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Date Night at the Golden Arches

 What if on a date night with my wife, I pulled up to the drive through window of McDonalds? Would she be “lovin’ it”? Unless she was a Ronald McDonald fanatic, she would rightly get the impression that I don’t really value spending quality time together with her. Even if I biggie sized her meal, that would still be an anemic display of the level of love and respect. If I didn’t make our date a priority, what do I think of her? What does that communicate to my wife? How does a happy meal explain how I value her? Does this reflect the joy I find being married to her? She certainly would not feel very special even if I did order her that happy meal. In fact, she may even be severely tempted to think I didn’t care for her at all. On the contrary, if I get all dressed up and take her to her favorite restaurant in town, would that communicate something different? Of course! By striving for excellence, we demonstrate a substantial level of respect and honor. Where we spend our time, thoughts, and resources denotes where our values are. The more I strive to be excellent to my wife, the more I communicate her value to me and the more joy I find in her. I have this tendency to think that because my salvation rests...

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The consequence of ideas and worldviews remember and living in a Post 9/11 world

September 11, 2001 is a day that will live in infamy among Americans and the world’s inhabitants. This Sunday (September 11, 2011) marks the tenth anniversary to the day of the attacks on the Twin Towers. On September 11th, 2001 I was at a friend’s house hanging out when the Twin Towers were first hit, and then collapsed. Since that day much has changed in my life. I met the love of my life Sarah, and have been married almost five years to her. In that time I’ve moved from Seattle, Washington to Boise, Idaho. Since 9/11, I have completed a professional degree in hotel management, a bachelor’s degree, and almost three master’s degrees. A lot has happened in my life in the period of ten years since September 11th, 2011. A lot has happened in the life of America, as well as we have moved from having President Bush as our President to almost the end of President Barack Obama’s first term as President.  As a nation we have gone into Iraq and Afganistan and are still waging wars in Afganistan and against terrorism around the world. A lot can happen in ten years not only in our personal lives as we see but also in the life of the respective nations we inhabit. In this article, I want to focus on the consequence of worldviews and what...

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