Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Introduction to The Death of JI Packer +

    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ___ to John Owen's The Death Of Death in the Death of Christ ___ By J.I. Packer _________ Read More
  • An Interview with Os Guiness on the 25th Anniversary of Francis Schaeffer's Death-Justin Taylor, 2009 +

    Next week (May 15) will be the 25th anniversary of the death of Francis Schaeffer, who died in his home Read More
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Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 10.37.12 AMOkay, so... I released that last entry into the blogosphere on Saturday, and now I have a couple of things to say about it. So if you haven't read that one, then this one will make not sense... so go here and read it NOW! (If you want to, that pressure....)

Look how much Steve
Jobs loves my Mac...
First off, forget the IT guys... though I love them... In my new and improved metaphor you don't have one of those guys sitting next to you... you have freakin' STEVE JOBS pushing the buttons for you. Or Bill Gates, depending on your preference... That is to say, you don't just have a trained professional to help you work your new computer, you have the Genius who invented it!

Out with the old...
And second, yesterday in church, we went over a bit of Scripture from John 15, and dig this EXACT quote from Jesus to His disciples: "You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you." (John 15:3). Okay, so I know He probably said it in Aramaic, and then John wrote it in Greek, and then a member of the New International Version translation team translated it into English, but... Here's Jesus saying, in essence, "I said it. It's done." (Remember when He said, "It is finished?!") Ahh... sweet mystery of life, I'm glad I found you... with the new!

Now I'm thinking now about how when the company I worked for migrated from using Quark Xpress for layout to Adobe InDesign. I was what you might call a "slow adopter." I would mess around with the InDesign a little occasionally, but mostly I just stuck with Quark... because I knew how to use it. But then... I moved into a department where they had removed Quark from the machines.... And I was forced to use InDesign exclusively.

Soul Asylum
The reason I am thinking about this, is... well, I wonder if there's a way to remove the old safety nets from my spiritual Mac? I don't know. I'll have to think about it... Like in that song, Somebody to Shove by Soul Asylum... which is sort of a plea for God to show Himself and get the singer up off his ass to do something. "Take away my Quark, God! Otherwise I'm just going to keep using it!" Of course it's always completely scary when the Quark is gone... Good thing Steve Jobs is sitting right here with me.

Anyway, that's the rest of I wanted to say right now about this... until we meet again... party on.

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Storytelling +

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • Life as an Alien +

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray) +

    Below is chapter 3 from the book, Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray, a South African "Now there were in the Read More
  • The Human Body and Spiritual Growth: Dallas Willard +

    In Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation, edited by James Wilhoit of Wheaton College. "Spiritual formation" is the process through Read More
  • January 28 Devotional: Oswald Chambers +

    Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14 Read More
  • Coupla Things by Julie Moore +

    It has occurred to me that maybe more people would read my blog if the posts were shorter. I'm not Read More
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