Sunday, March 06, 2011

Secret Exit

I drove up with my friend Sabdiel to Milwaukee to find a Safe House. We needed it for reasons I cannot disclose right now. Thankfully a few friends were there as well.

After only a few hours we needed to find a new one since our cover had been blown. The police were raiding, so thankfully this place had a secret exit. Here's the video to prove it:

By His Grace.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Ultimate Question Asker

I find nothing wrong with asking a serious, sincere question about God. In fact, even series of questions can lead to provocative, challenging conversations with people. What is most ideal are the times when people ask those questions with honest inquiry instead of those who ask from behind the door of their house on I Already Know the Answer street.

The firestorm this weekend over Rob Bell's new book seems to me to boil down to questions. A quote in yesterday's First Things blog caught my eye. There he quotes Robert Stoner, who had a conversation with a man who was a part of the early days of Mars Hill Bible Church with Bell and is considered to be a close friend. In light of Bell's consistent posture of asking questions, Stoner writes, "That’s the danger of posing too many questions. You may wind up confusing your own friends, if not yourself."

Again, Bell has become known as, according to at least one blogger, a great question-asker, asking all the right ones, but for Stoner and others, people who too many question - and, at that, consecutively like Bell in his video - create more confusion than clarity for themselves and for others. For them, this spiral slide of skepticism ends in sheer rejection and unbelief when one's question-shaped feet finally touch ground. I find this to be a valid concern, so where do we go for a corrective?

I offer no comment on Bell's or others' views of Hell. Many have written on this, including one excellent piece in Christianity Today. What I offer is simply this: Rob Bell may be a great question-asker, but God is the Ultimate Question-Asker. Our constant questions of his character and purpose may eventually lead to confusion, but - if we allow for it to happen - just one question from Him will cut to our hearts and bring complete clarity. Our "did God really say?" is crushed by God's "where are you?" Our "where are you?" is destroyed by God's "what is your name?" Our "are you really loving?" is put to shame by Jesus' "Do you love me?" Our questions of God, no matter how many or rapid fire they may be, will never put God in his place. However, God's questions of us, from just one to dozens in a row as with Job, always put us in our place.

With all the questions you may have, will you let The Ultimate Question Asker ask just one of you today?

By His Grace.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Gracious Wrestler

"He wants me dead?...My brother wants me dead?"

His name means heel-grabber. His name means cheater.

The Christian life is the limp given to Jacob's like us by the gracious touch of God in the gruesome death of Christ.
These are just some of the words given as I preached this weekend on Genesis 32-33. A large chunk of text with an even larger thrust: That God is our Gracious Wrestler.

The Gracious Wrestler (download by right-clicking on the link and choosing "Save Link As")

By His Grace.