Sunday Thoughts 5/2

Can you believe that we are nearly half way through the year 2010? Is it me, or does time speed up as you start down hill?

We had our morning devotional, and as it is the first Sunday of the month, our communion(ity). The children are wanting to participate in it more, and, at the very least, able to give answers to the questions. Maybe they will understand it one day – do I even understand it all? – or at the very least, know why it is important to do.

As usual, we follow the NLT Mosaic’s reading suggestions, and this morning was Psalm 148, which ends much like Revelation does – with every praising God, but with His people near to Him:

Praise the LORD from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths,

fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all livestock, small scurrying animals and birds,
kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth,
young men and young women, old men and children.

Let them all praise the name of the LORD. For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!

He has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones– the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!

Granted, this may be shrouded by my ‘new idea on Revelation’, perhaps my revelation on Revelation? I am developing it, but what if Revelation is a_______ based on________ and not really a ________, which would explain why people, even the earliest interpreters simply didn’t get it. You know what I mean? I mean the overarching view of Revelation is the same as _________ which is known as an _______ psalm.

Anyway, more on that later.

Sunday Readings:

Stuart has a marvelous post, but you’ll have to click through to listen or read. Jason points to a post on true conservatism. Jason Staples has a very interesting post on the bald man with bears. A little while ago, Lindsey Nobles wrote a blog piece on being single, which led me to another blog about divorce, marriage, etc…  Then yesterday, via Twitter, I came across another blog about a fallen pastor. Jim West thinks he knows what the real problem in Arizona is. And I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am sure glad that Fr. Stephen is back. Also, check out this post on modern mission by Brian Fulthorp.

Back Again:

Returning to the thought above, maybe. One of my favorite hymns (not the favorite, but merely one of) is I Love to Tell the Story, written in the 1860’s by Katherine Hankey.  It starts as ,

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

A wise man once wrote,

He was not inclined to argue about such matters as though we genuinely knew such things about the essence of God!

I wonder, theologically, how much division could be avoided if we focused instead on Jesus and His Love, His Holiness, and finally, orthopraxy? If we told the story of a crucified and risen Saviour, of His Righteouness, and His Faithfulness?

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