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praying the Psalms

…watched last night a program on PBS’ Frontline. (a great program by the way, if you can watch it)
Last night was on the global sex trafficking travesty. It was terribly sad, and hard to watch. Some of the things that were done to the women were nothing less than vile.
Did not know what to do after the program ended, except to pray.
I then read this Psalm this morning…

Psalm 15 A psalm of David.
1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy mountain? 2 Those whose walk is blameless, who do what is righteous, who speak the truth from their hearts; 3 who have no slander on their tongues, who do their neighbors no wrong, who cast no slur on others; 4 who despise those whose ways are vile but honor whoever fears the LORD;who keep their oaths even when it hurts; 5 who lend money to the poor without interest and do not accept bribes against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.


Eugene Peterson says this about Psalm 15
Moral habits are like building stones. One by one they are added together to form a solid structure, a character that is “steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the world of the Lord” (1 Corin 15:58)

Prayer: Even as you have shown me the way, O Christ, help me to walk in it. Help me to acquire the habits that will make me dependable in your service as I follow in the steps of my Savior. Amen


Rescued from a Chilean mine

awesome pictures from the rescue…


see where you stand in the Global Rich List

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Every year we gaze enviously at the lists of the richest people in world.
Wondering what it would be like to have that sort of cash. But where
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Just enter your annual income in the website linked below & hit ‘show me the money’
Global Rich List


This American Life

could not have said it better myself:

This is from DashHouse:
“If you don’t listen to This American Life, you’re missing out. Seriously. You can subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes.
Even if you don’t listen to it, this week’s episode is worth hearing, especially if you either preach or listen to preachers. You can download the (MP3). If you’re short on time, skip to “Act Two: I’d Like to Spank the Academy.” It starts at 42:28 in the recording.
The scene is a debate held at the University of Montevallo. The debate is funny and seemingly a success, until the devil’s advocate gets up at the end to challenge what’s happened. He has a message that every preacher should hear. They apply it to politics in the podcast, but I’m convinced it equally applies to preaching.

Have a listen. It’s worth the 16 minutes. Pass the message on: care about substance.”


Tsunami and Theodicy

Great thoughts about suffering, natural disasters, evil and where is god in all of this.
Here is the money quote for me:

“As for comfort, when we seek it, I can imagine none greater than the happy knowledge that when I see the death of a child I do not see the face of God, but the face of His enemy. It is not a faith that would necessarily satisfy Ivan Karamazov, but neither is it one that his arguments can defeat: for it has set us free from optimism, and taught us hope instead.”

Thought for the Week: God and the Earthquakes

Given the natural disasters in Haiti and Chile, it seems timely to reconsider this article by Orthodox theologian David B. Hart.

I do not believe we Christians are obliged — or even allowed — to look upon the devastation visited upon the coasts of the Indian Ocean and to console ourselves with vacuous cant about the mysterious course taken by God’s goodness in this world, or to assure others that some ultimate meaning or purpose resides in so much misery. Ours is, after all, a religion of salvation; our faith is in a God who has come to rescue His creation from the absurdity of sin and the emptiness of death, and so we are permitted to hate these things with a perfect hatred. For while Christ takes the suffering of his creatures up into his own, it is not because he or they had need of suffering, but because he would not abandon his creatures to the grave. And while we know that the victory over evil and death has been won, we know also that it is a victory yet to come, and that creation therefore, as Paul says, groans in expectation of the glory that will one day be revealed. Until then, the world remains a place of struggle between light and darkness, truth and falsehood, life and death; and, in such a world, our portion is charity.
As for comfort, when we seek it, I can imagine none greater than the happy knowledge that when I see the death of a child I do not see the face of God, but the face of His enemy. It is not a faith that would necessarily satisfy Ivan Karamazov, but neither is it one that his arguments can defeat: for it has set us free from optimism, and taught us hope instead. We can rejoice that we are saved not through the immanent mechanisms of history and nature, but by grace; that God will not unite all of history’s many strands in one great synthesis, but will judge much of history false and damnable; that He will not simply reveal the sublime logic of fallen nature, but will strike off the fetters in which creation languishes; and that, rather than showing us how the tears of a small girl suffering in the dark were necessary for the building of the Kingdom, He will instead raise her up and wipe away all tears from her eyes — and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor any more pain, for the former things will have passed away, and He that sits upon the throne will say, “Behold, I make all things new.”

– David Bentley Hart, Tsunami and Theodicy


devastation in Haiti

this is a re-post of an email that I sent out to my Kairos community here today:

The events of the past couple of days motivated me to send a quick email out to you all. By now, you are well acquainted with the fact that two days ago on January 12, Haiti was hit near the capital of Port-au-Prince with a massive, level 7.0 earthquake — the most devastating earthquake in the nation’s history. The damage to buildings in some areas is almost total and the number of injured or dead is unknown at this time. Yesterday, President René Préval described the destruction as “unimaginable.” The Haiti Red Cross says the toll maybe be 50,000, while Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said a preliminary assessment led him to fear that the number of dead could be “well over 100,000.” One magazine called it Hell on earth, and these pictures back up that assessment.

One is rendered speechless when reading, and looking at the utter devastation. We can find feelings arising within us of senselessness, sadness, anger, frustration and even helplessness…

Yesterday, I found some perspective when reading thoughts by Scot McKnight:

“…I read this from Randy Harris, God Work – Confessions of a Standup Theologian:

One of the things we do as Christians is to try to pay attention to what God might be able to do in the world, especially with the broken places in our lives. These aren’t good things. They generally aren’t things God does to us. This Romans passage [chp 8] says God can crawl in the middle of it because he works in all things and nothing can stand in the way of God reconciling all things to himself. …

We have to believe and live out the reality that God is taking things somewhere and that nothing can stop it. And our task then is to join God in his reconciling work that that he began before creation. … So we join God in what he’s trying to do in the world.

I make no claim to know what God is doing in Haiti, but I do know that God’s intent is to reconcile all things to himself and so, in prayer, in giving, and in mobilizing humans to help the suffering of Haiti, we commit ourselves to enter now into the work of binding up the brokenhearted and healing the wounded. May we crawl, with God, into this rubble and be the presence of God, bring the presence of God, and lead Haiti into the healing presence of God .”

Amen to that!

There are many great organizations to give to for the relief effort. I would strongly encourage you to do something, no matter the amount. (Self-righteous religion is always marked by insensitivity to issues of social injustice, while true faith is marked by profound concern for the poor and marginalized. ~Tim Keller) I have listed just a few on my blog – that could help you know where to start.

Another thing — Ben Witherington also has some excellent thoughts on Where is God in all of this? I would encourage you to read it.

One last thing — if you are interested in these kind of things, Don Miller, and Andrew Jones have thoughts on the sheer silliness (& stupidity) of comments that have been made about how this disaster came about…


fascinating article

A friend of mine from Kairos (Dan), sent this article to me this morning. A really good read…

2009-02-uk-times-online

As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God: Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa’s biggest problem…