my books: friends & counselors: #3

This quote is needed and powerful truth!

“All truth is God’s truth, and so Christians should not fear what science discovers about creation. …

“Though Scripture contains everything necessary for salvation, it is not an encyclopedia of all possible knowledge. Christians sometimes speak of Scripture as if it contained modern scientific theories or hidden knowledge of nature if interpreted correctly. Of course, it is possible for God, as Creator of the universe, to give us a Bible like this. But Christian theologians since almost the start of church history have recognize that God’s revelation has been accommodated to the understanding of the cultures in which it was written, which includes beliefs about the natural world.”

A Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science by Josh A. Reeves and Steve Donaldson (IVP Academic, 2016); pp.25,26-27

links to 5 helpful articles

1. 8 Signs Your Christianity Is Too Comfortable [essential reading]

“There’s absolutely no friction between your Christianity and your partisan politics. … There are no paradoxes, tensions, or unresolved questions. … Your friends and coworkers are surprised to learn you’re a churchgoing Christian. … You never think about or even remember the Sunday sermon on Monday. … No one at your church ever annoys you. … You never feel challenged, only affirmed. … You’ve never had to have a ‘truth-in-love’ conversation with a fellow Christian. … No one in your church could comment on any area of growth they’ve seen in you.”

2. What mass shootings do to those not shot: Social consequences of mass gun violence

“There is evidence of distress, anxiety, or even PTSD symptoms among people who were not directly exposed to a disaster, but were exposed to the news … Fear, the coming unknown (is there another shooting, are other co-conspirators involved?) and reduced faith in our perceived safety may all play a role in this.”

3. World War I: the birth of plastic surgery and modern anesthesia

“Many of the injured (16%) had injuries affecting the face, over a third of which were categorized as ‘severe.’ … Nobody won the … war but the medical services. The increase in knowledge was the sole determinable gain for mankind in a devastating catastrophe.”

4. Hell … and How to Get There

“The gospel is not a perverse theological system in which good people are tortured by God for eternity. Christians must stop suggesting anything like that! … Using hell as a means of scaring people into Christianity may also drive them out of Christianity when they become a little more thoughtful.”

5. Macron Hopes WWI Ceremonies Warn of Nationalism’s Dangers. Is Anyone Listening?

“Each stop made the same solemn point: Nationalism kills. It is a message Mr. Macron hopes will not be lost on the dozens of world leaders who will descend on France this weekend to commemorate the 1918 Armistice. But it is not clear anyone is listening.”

quote: fear, faith, and firmness of heart

Anyone whose sense of well-being depends upon stock market quotations, weather forecasts, or the statistics of a public opinion pollster will be constantly on edge, “afraid of evil tidings.” Those who listen in faith to God’s word and respond in praise, however, have foundations of eternity built into the structure of their soul and thereby acquire a firm heart.

Eugene Peterson

quote: on faith, hope, and love

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.

Reinhold Niebuhr

quote: on faith & joy

The story of our faith, our very existence, begins and ends with joy. … Joy at the beginning, joy at the end, joy everywhere in between. Joy is God’s creation and gift. No authentic biblical faith is conceivable that is not permeated with it.

Eugene Peterson