I just read Psalm 5 yesterday where God’s grace is so abundantly clear. The psalm draws a big contrast between the “wicked” and “arrogant” who “cannot dwell” with God (v4-5) versus David who says “But I, by your great mercy will come into your house”. (v7)
Entry to God’s house is not by a lack of wickedness, but by taking refuge in God and being glad. (v11)
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From Richard Sweatman’s talk at Hunter Bible Church today …
“We contribute to salvation, to our acceptance by God, like babies contribute to clean laundry.”
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Lionel Windsor has a great article on the Christian’s response to climate change. For the climate change skeptic he suggests:
Killing greed and practising patience will have good effects on our world, regardless of whether humans are causing climate change.
For the climate change believer he suggests:
Don’t allow your carbon-reduction ‘good deeds’ to be sullied with smug pride, self-righteous announcements, or condemnation of others.
Lots of other good stuff there. Thanks Sam H for alerting me to this.
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I listened to half of a forum on the topic of “Morality and Mortality” on Late Night Live last night. I couldn’t finish listening to it as it was so depressing hearing four intelligent people speak so cluelessly and illogically on the subject of morality in the absence of a creator God. Here’s one particularly egregious example from Julian Burnside QC around the 24 minute mark …
“First of all I start with the proposition: Life has no particular purpose. I do not see it as being part of any grand plan, and so, you know, doing the best you can is a pretty important guiding principle.”
Hmmm. If life has no particular purpose, and is not part of any grand plan, then sitting on your butt doing nothing, or being an evil selfish bastard is surely an equally valid and logical “guiding principle” to hold to?
A classic example of the “futile thinking” that Romans 1:21 speaks of.
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Thanks to a serendipitous tear on the corner of a page I now have the holy book of Gaphesians in my bible.
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On Late Night Live on Monday (http://www.abc.net.au/rn/latenightlive/stories/2010/2858533.htm) Martin Rees and Paul Davies, two eminent scientists, while discussing various things including the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe, both agreed that despite all our scientific advances we still have no idea how life started on this planet.
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The eventful non-event.
Next Saturday 6th March marks 29 years since I became a Christian. The 6th March 1981 was the most momentous non-event of my life. In an ordinary room, in an ordinary house, I spoke some ordinary words expressing sorrow to God for ignoring him, and asking him to forgive me. Nothing spectacular, nothing spooky, nothing particularly emotional – a complete non-event. Yet at the same time it was a life changing moment. I entered the kingdom of God and the whole direction of my life since that day has been different as I seek to live for God, not myself. No doubt about it, the 6th March 1981 was a massively eventful non-event.
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I’ve been thinking about paradoxes lately, and how wonderful they are. When you are confronted with two seemingly contradictory ideas, it really helps you to think deeply about the issues and understand the subtleties, complexities and beauty of the problem space you’re delving into. One of my favourite ‘paradoxes’ is in Psalm 8:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”
Humanity – so small and insignificant, yet so valued and significant at the same time.
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